Medical Research

The Aging Process

People begin to age the moment they are born. The physiological differences between a child and an older person are due to the fact that a child’s body is composed of young cells that reproduce and regenerate more rapidly than those of an older person. Cellular reproduction and regeneration processes are therefore of paramount importance.

Growth hormone (GH) is one of the critical hormones produced by the body that is needed to maintain normal physical function throughout life. When GH is not produced in sufficient amounts a young person will not grow normally and an older person will age prematurely.

It is a recognized scientific fact that the production of youth preserving hormones decreases with age after having peaked in adolescence and young adulthood. The aging process is defined by a slowdown in the ability to regenerate the various cells that compose the body’s tissues and that support the natural functions of life. Aging may be a gradual process or may occur quite dramatically during periods of stress or illness.

The slowdown in cellular regeneration causes the body to undergo catabolic changes: tissues and organs lose mass, lean muscle mass and bone density decrease, and body fat percentage increases. Eventually these changes develop into somatopause, a condition characterized by frailty, thin skin, insomnia, and relative obesity. Unfortunately, poor dietary choices, toxin exposure, stress and illness can impair the function of the body’s glands and accelerate the aging process. In many if not all cases of accelerated aging it is generally found that one or more of the endocrine glands are not functioning optimally and the health of the cells is affected.

Scientific research has shown that healthy functioning of the body’s endocrine system can slow the effects of aging.

Hormones help regulate the body and a variety of hormones are produced by different body organs and glands. Hormones such as thyroid, GH and testosterone are involved in forming muscles and organs and as these hormones drop with age and disease muscle mass, organ size and libido decrease and fat accumulation increases. These same hormones along with hormones such as estrogen, DHEA, and pregnenolone are necessary for repair of tissues and cell regulation. A decline in the levels of these hormones accelerates age-related decline. In the case of human growth hormone, as we age the body loses its ability to release growth hormone from the pituitary gland. Growth hormone receptors also gradually lose their ability to react to the growth hormone that is secreted so that cells decline in their regenerative ability. This means that all the cells that make up the body become turn over more slowly than they did in our youth. The result is an older appearance and a degeneration of mental and physical functionality.

 

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