Adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD) is a treatable medical condition that strikes some adults as they age. Due to declining growth hormone levels, the body is at an increased risk of developing more serious health issues such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, dementia, and osteoporosis, among other concerns. Medications such as HGH (human growth hormones), sermorelin, and ipamorelin can increase growth hormone levels and reduce these health risks.
Here at HGH Clinic San Diego, our hormone specialists assess each person’s overall health, measure hormone, and other blood levels, and determine which medication can better help restore hormonal balance and well-being to the body.
For adults dealing with significant symptoms associated with AGHD, our hormone doctors typically prescribe HGH injections. San Diego residents who are not yet experiencing significant effects of declining hormone levels often do better with sermorelin or ipamorelin – two medications that work internally to boost growth hormone production. We will explain these options in the sections below.
Adults with growth hormone deficiency have many medications to choose from, including HGH, sermorelin, and ipamorelin.
HGH Medications – When to Choose Human Growth Hormone Injections
If you live in San Diego, CA, you know that the last thing you want is to feel run down, achy, and depressed. People around the US envy the Southern California lifestyle, and the moderate year-round climate. To keep you enjoying all that life in San Diego has to offer, your hormone doctor may recommend HGH medications such as:
These are the recommended high-quality brand names of HGH injections. San Diego women and men who use these medications experience an immediate increase in the amount of human growth hormone in their bodies. HGH is biologically identical in its molecular structure to pituitary secreted growth hormone. Containing the same 191 amino acid protein sequence, HGH binds with growth hormone receptors to stimulate their actions.
HGH therapy provides the fastest relief from symptoms of AGHD. Most people will start to sleep better and notice an increase in energy and happy thoughts within the first two to three weeks of treatment. Benefits continue over the next few months as weight loss, increased muscle mass, stronger bones, younger-looking skin, and enhanced libido results appear.
HGH medications directly increase growth hormone levels in the bloodstream for rapid results.
Sermorelin – A Medication That Increases Natural Growth Hormone Production
As an alternative to HGH injections, San Diego adults who do not yet notice significant changes due to reduced growth hormone levels can opt for sermorelin, a superior peptide medication. Unlike HGH, which directly increases growth hormone levels, sermorelin is a secretagogue. What that means is it prompts the body to increase natural secretion of growth hormone.
Secretagogue medications such as sermorelin work best before growth hormone levels get so low that the individual finds him or herself dealing with an array of overwhelming symptoms. Sermorelin acts in the same way as growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH), the chemical released from the hypothalamus to stimulate growth hormone secretion in the pituitary gland.
Although GHRH itself contains 44 amino acids, sermorelin contains only the first 29, which are the ones the carry out the function of increasing GH release. Because the increase in growth hormone levels happens slowly, sermorelin is best for people who do not need an immediate improvement in symptoms. Most people start to see results of sermorelin within 3 to 4 months.
Sermorelin is a peptide secretagogue that works to increase natural growth hormone secretion.
Ipamorelin – A Peptide Medication Used to Increase Growth Hormone Secretion
The next on our list of medications used to increase growth hormone secretion is ipamorelin, another peptide secretagogue. Ipamorelin differs a bit from sermorelin as it also works directly on the hypothalamus, blocking the release of somatostatin. Whereas GHRH stimulates the somatotropic cells in the pituitary gland to produce GH, somatostatin inhibits somatotropic activity.
In doing so, ipamorelin allows natural growth hormone release to continue without inhibition. Ipamorelin also influences the release of insulin growth factor 1 from the liver. Although growth hormone is the primary stimulate of IGF-1 production, ipamorelin helps boost its levels, as well.
Ipamorelin has another benefit over some other peptides in that it does not stimulate a person’s appetite. When weight loss is a desire due to low growth hormone levels contributing to a sluggish metabolism, ipamorelin may be the better option for AGHD treatment. As with sermorelin, the benefits of ipamorelin take a few months to become noticeable.
Ipamorelin increases growth hormone production by blocking somatostatin release from the hypothalamus.
To speak with a medical advisor at HGH Clinic San Diego about these medications that increase growth hormone levels, call for a free consultation today.