HGH and Blood Pressure
HGH LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
Studies show that too little HGH (human growth hormone) or too much such as in those who have acromegaly – a disease due to the overproduction of HGH die of increased heart disease. But when there is just the right amount of HGH which all average people lose after age 21 and do not have enough of by the mid thirties it does wonders in improving the health of the heart. In a HGH study done by Bengtsson of the university of Goteborg on 333 patients with severe HGH deficiency at Sahlgrenska Hospital it was found that there was twice the number of deaths from heart disease with people matched with the same age and sex. What was found was that these had a higher fat to lean ratio and in particular this was concentrated in the abdomen area which is the area known to raise the risk of heart attacks.
Secondly, their cholesterol levels were normal but when the cholesterol was split between LDL and HDL cholesterol is was far from normal. LDL which is low-density lipoproteins is a bad kind of cholesterol which clogs the artery walls and can cause heart attacks and strokes. HDL meaning high-density protein is the good cholesterol which actually sucks the bad LDL from the artery walls and carries it to the liver which harmlessly disposes of it. Also, these had high levels of triglycerides which are associated with heart disease and diabetes. They also had increased fibrinogen, a blood protein that promotes clot formation and higher levels of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) which prevents the body from dissolving clots. They also had higher than normal blood pressure and increased insulin resistance which strangely in children who are HGH deficient is the opposite with greater sensitivity and tending to hypoglycemia. When these patients were given HGH it had the profound effect of clearing the deep fat in the abdomen as well as an overall trimming of fat and increase in lean body mass. Their, the HDL was raised and the LDL which clogs arteries was lowered and after six months of using HGH their diastolic blood pressure was reduced by 10 percent although the systolic pressure did not change. It was at one time thought that HGH would raise blood pressure but now numerous trials on patients have shown the opposite. Also, these benefits are not limited to patients with GH deficiency due to disease. For example, a study in Germany found that the more HGH normal men and women had naturally the more higher is the level of HDL (healthy cholesterol). This same thing happened in people who took HGH for the purpose of their own well being in the study conducted by Doctor Edmund Chein and L. Cass Terry, M.D., who amassed clinical data from more than 800 patients. Bengtsson also points out that HGH acts directly on the root cause of most heart disease and heart attacks. This is because GH enhances the metabolism in the liver by increasing the number of LDL receptors in the cells of the liver which removes the bad LDL cholesterol from the arteries. He expects future studies will actually prove that HGH can reverse arteriosclerosis. In the past most focused on the plaques in the arteries but now the focus is shifting on it being a metabolic disease with the focus on the liver. Several studies show that HGH may protect against chronic heart failure.
In a 1996 study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, five men and two women who had moderate to severe heart failure were given 4 IU of HGH every other day for three months along with the standard treatments for their condition. The HGH increased the thickness of the left ventricular wall, enhanced the ability of the heart to contract and pump out blood, reduced the oxygen required by the heart, improved the capacity to exercise and the patients overall quality of life. A GH deficient patient at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London had congestive heart failure that failed to respond to conventional medical treatment. His situation degenerated to the point where he became a candidate for a heart transplant. Dr. Peter Sonksen, a pioneer in growth hormone research decided to give his patient HGH because there was no donor available. The result was astounding. The treatment increased heart ability to contract and the peripheral circulation improved so much that the patient no longer required a transplant. Many studies show that GH deficient patients treated with HGH increase the thickness of the left ventricular mass, raise the cardiac output, strengthen the stroke volume, and improve the overall pumping of the heart which one would think would cause an increase in blood pressure. However, the diastolic blood pressure goes down which means the body somehow compensates for increased output by decreasing peripheral resistance in the arteries and capillaries so that blood pressure remains low. Studies on animals show the HGH protects the cells of the heart and brain from dying after a heart attack. When cells die in the brain and heart after a heart attack the cells can never be replaced which means the damage is irreversible with loss possibly being in areas such as movement, memory, clear thinking and so on. Researchers produced heart attacks in rats and then immediately gave them one of three treatments, a placebo, HGH, or IGF-1 which is produced through HGH. When they autopsied the groups which had received HGH or IGF-1 there was far less damage than the placebo group. A similar study on animals in Auckland, New Zealand revealed that IGF-1 when given after the injury to the brain actually rescued brain cells.
Information in my own words taken from a book titled, “Grow Young with HGH” (copyright 1997) by Ronald Klatz, MD
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