AIDS, otherwise known as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, is not just one disease, but rather, it is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage caused to the immune system by HIV or the human immunodeficiency virus. In the later stages of AIDS, the afflicted individuals become inevitably susceptible to many opportunistic infections and tumors. AIDS patients succumb to the HIV virus when these infections and tumors overwhelm the afflicted person to the point that the body cannot heal itself anymore. There are still no known cures available for HIV or AIDS but treatments are being redirected into the deceleration of the virus’ progression.
HIV / AIDS have become a pandemic. This means that this condition is an epidemic that has unfortunately reached global proportions, with infection rates as high as 25% in Eastern and Southern Africa. In parts of the Americas and Asia, the infection rate, which dipped sometime in the 1990s, is rising alarmingly fast again by more than a hundredfold. As of January 2006, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS and the World Health Organization (WHO) have estimated that HIV / AIDS have killed more than 25 million people since 1981. This makes this condition the most destructive disease in all of man’s recorded history.
One of the degenerative effects of HIV is AIDS wasting (also referred to as muscle wasting). It means that about 10% of the afflicted individual’s body weight is caused by the deterioration of the muscles, which is very damaging to the human body. AIDS wasting also results to the loss of body fat.
Let it be noted that there is no treatment yet for the reversal of AIDS wasting. These days, the efforts of medical practitioners and researchers are dedicated into helping delay the ravaging progression of AIDS wasting. Human growth hormone treatment is one of the many non-conventional means of helping patients with HIV / AIDS, with several clinical studies showing positive results.
Human growth hormones are naturally secreted by the body from the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. Unfortunately, when the body is under extreme duress (as with the cases of AIDS patients,) the secretion of this hormone slows down considerably. This makes for the retardation of the development of bones and muscle; it also slows down the healing process of the body. Since AIDS patients usually suffer from many other ailments, some may even include different forms of cancer, muscle and bone healing is more than necessary.
Reintroducing prescribe dosages of the human growth hormones in the body helps slow down AIDS wasting. So much so, that it enables the afflicted to regain body mass by slowly building up muscle tissues again. Torn muscles are healed faster; bones retain their strength and flexibility. Although the human growth hormone usually helps in the burning of bodily fats faster, the loss of muscle is more critical, and therefore needs to be addressed immediately.
Facts about Human Growth Hormone
The natural peptide hormone known better as the human growth hormone or for short, HGH is the main human stimulation of the human cell reproduction and growth hormone. It is the pituitary gland that secretes the very vital Human Growth Hormone that helps the growth of children to get them to their adulthood and slightly beyond. When we are young, it is the human growth hormone’s natural dispersion of this specific growth hormone that will continue until approximately the mid-thirties.
After the mid-thirties or so, the body’s natural human growth hormone secretion will finally begin to decrease. Now you may ask yourself, “Why is this truly so bad, since by the age of our thirties we are already grown?”
However, HGH should not be taken by people with acute critical illness due to complications of open heart or abdominal surgery, multiple accidental trauma, or acute respiratory failure. HGH may stimulate the growth of active tumors and should not be used by people who have cancers that are not under control. HGH also may affect blood triglyceride levels and may increase the risk of developing diabetes in those who are already at risk, particularly people who are obese. Individuals taking insulin may need to have their doses adjusted. In spite of Dr. Kotler’s findings, there may be increased cardiovascular risk with long-term hGH use, perhaps related to insulin resistance. Studies of growth hormone have not been conducted in pregnant women.
|HGH by Other Names|
|HGH (somatropin) is produced by several companies and sold under a number of brand names. The main distinction between them is that they are produced in different types of cell lines and have been evaluated in clinical trials for different indications. The FDA allows a company to claim a label indication only if it has conducted trials for a specific condition with that version of hGH. Most physicians, however, believe that the different versions of hGH have the same biological effects. The most common brands of hGH sold in the U.S. are:
Not only has muscle mass, oxygen consumption, mental alertness, physical energy, bone density, a decrease in body fats, increased sexual stimulation, but even a better memory and a improving increase in better overall eye vision have been shown to come from the increase of the normally naturally made human growth hormone that once was made by our bodies.
When the human growth hormone that has began to be used by those over the mid-thirties to the early forties, there are also mood improvements that can vastly increase the youthful feelings and muscle mass.
Some of these deficiencies are for children that are deformed in height, children with failure to the kidney, children with the syndrome of Prader-Willi, children that have Turner’s Syndrome and those with the muscle degeneration that is directly associated with the disease of AIDS or HIV.
What interpretations did the researchers draw from the clinical studies of growth hormone on HIV patients?
The researchers conclude that their study suggests that immune-based therapies could ultimately be used to increase production of T-cells in people with immunodeficiencies.
Sir Muir Gray adds…
Growth hormone is a powerful chemical; mostly doing more good than harm.
Links to the headlines
The Guardian, 22 February 2008