HGH Helps Manage Diabetes
There is adequate experimental and clinical evidence that suggests that the use of the Human Growth Hormone can improve diabetes. In a study conducted at John Hopkins Institute, it was observed that HGH regulated glucose levels in the blood, while, concurrently reducing intra-abdominal fat. As per Dr. Hertoghe, of Brussels, HGH enhances the action of insulin and enhances the absorption of glucose by the nerve cells, cardiac cells and muscular cells. This prevents the absorption of glucose by fat cells which has a beneficial action on insulin sensitivity and controlling diabetes. Furthermore, lower levels of blood sugar reduce other harmful complications of diabetes including, diabetic retinopathy, cardiac illness and peripheral nerve disease.
Research to substantiate the role of HGH in improving diabetes
In a study conducted by Johannson and his colleagues, at the Salgrenska University Hospital, it was found that HGH helps improve insulin sensitivity. The study design was a randomized double blind study involving 30 men between the age groups of 48 years to 66 years. These individuals were given low doses of HGH for a period of nine months, and great benefits of the same were observed. Glucose metabolism improved considerably, along with an average reduction of 18.1 % of abdominal fat, which has been considered to be a major cause of insulin resistance. The study concluded that HGH replacement therapy helps improve insulin sensitivity and assists in regulation of blood sugar levels.
In another double blind study conducted in 1997, it was observed that IGF-1 (an intermediate factor secreted by the liver on stimulation by HGH) can reduce the need for insulin by up to 45 %, in patients suffering with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. The study involved eight adults, between the age group of 24 to 49 years, and forty three children between the ages of 8 to 17 years.
IGF-1 was also found to lower the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood after a mere four days of treatment. The study was a short clinical trail lasting for four weeks. No serious side effects of HGH replacement therapy were observed in any of the participants.
As per Dr. Fahy at the Naval Medical Research Institute, experiments have shown that HGH is beneficial in controlling diabetes and can be considered as a possible cure for adult onset diabetes.
How does HGH help improve diabetes?
Most of the potential benefits of HGH replacement therapy, for the management of diabetes, arises from the production of IGF-1 (a factor which is released by the liver on stimulation by HGH). IGF-1 is insulin like growth factor which has action similar to insulin and enhances the absorption of glucose from the blood by cells in the body.
Under normal conditions, glucose is absorbed by the adipose cells / fat cells, after requisite amounts of glucose are absorbed by other body cells (i.e. skeletal muscles, cardiac muscles and nerve tissue). However, with IGF-1 in the blood, the absorption of glucose by body cells in increased in comparison to adipose tissue cells. This has a dual advantage of reducing the fat deposition in the body and concurrently reducing the levels of blood sugar. HGH also has a potent action on improving protein metabolism and enhancing protein synthesis. This in turn regulates glucose metabolism in the body and increases sensitivity of receptors to insulin.
There is overwhelming evidence of the immense benefits of HGH replacement therapy in the management of insulin dependent diabetes. Though, it is recommended that the treatment should be taken in conjunction to dietary measures, the benefits of the treatment are many, including averting the detrimental side effects of diabetes like – diabetic retinopathy, kidney damage and a likelihood of developing cardio vascular disease.