Archive for the ‘Hormones’ Category

Nutropin AQ somatropin (HGH)

Nutropin AQ somatropin (HGH) is the most abundant hormone produced by the pituitary gland (the pituitary is one of the endocrine glands). The pituitary gland is located in the center of the brain.

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is also a very complex hormone. It is made up of 191 amino acids – making it fairly large for a hormone. In fact, it is the largest protein created by the pituitary gland. HGH secretion reaches its peak in the body during adolescence. This makes sense because HGH helps stimulate our body to grow. But, HGH secretion does not stop after adolescence. Our body continues to produce HGH usually in short bursts during deep sleep.

HGH is known to be critical for tissue repair, muscle growth, healing, brain function, physical and mental health, bone strength, energy and metabolism. In short, it is very important to just about every aspect of our life!   During adolescence it promotes the growth of tissues, protein deposition and the breakdown of subcutaneous fat stores. Upon maturation, endogenous levels of GH remain present in the body at a substantially lower level.

Once scientists isolated this HGH, many became convinced it would exhibit exceptional therapeutic properties. It would be especially effective in cases of pituitary deficient dwarfism, the drug perhaps restoring much linear growth if administered during adolescence.

The average male athlete will usually need a dosage in the range of 15 to 20 I. U. per day to elicit the best results. On the low end perhaps 8 to 12 I. U. can be used daily, but this is still a considerable expense. Daily dosing is important, as HGH has a very short life span in the body. Peak blood concentrations are noted quickly (2 to 6 hours) after injection, and the hormone is cleared from the body with a half-life of only 20-30 minutes. Clearly it does not stick around very long, making stable blood levels difficult to maintain.

The effects of this drug are also most pronounced when it is used for longer periods of time, often many months long. Some do use it for shorter periods, but generally only when looking for fat loss. For this purpose a cycle of at least four weeks would be used. This compound can be administered in both an intramuscular and subcutaneous injection. “Sub-Q” injections are particularly noted for producing a localized loss of fat, requiring the user to change injection points regularly to even out the effect. A general loss of fat seems to be the one characteristic most people agree on. It appears that the fat burning properties of this drug are more quickly apparent, and less dependent on high doses.

Exercise for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that affects men and women – especially women beyond menopause – because estrogen helps to protect bone.  In osteoporosis, the bones become brittle and weak and have a greater risk of fracture.  The word osteoporosis means “porous bones,” where porous essentially means “full of holes” – and that accurately describes the condition of osteoporotic bones.

One of the best ways to prevent osteoporosis is weight-bearing exercise.  Such exercises enhance bone growth and increase bone density. Weight-bearing exercises are the only type of exercise that stimulate the cells to grow new bone and prevent osteoporosis.  These exercises not only prevent bone loss, but some studies suggest that they can also replace current bone loss.
  Weight-bearing exercises are exercises that force the muscles to work against gravity or work against some resistance. The bones gain strength when a force is added by causing the bones to absorb more calcium.

Weight-bearing exercises should be done two to three days per week.

Some of the major muscle groups and their exercises include:

  • Middle back – Seated Rows
  • Lower back – Seated Rows
  • Shoulders – Over Head Dumbbell Presses, Lateral Dumbbell Raises
  • Biceps – Dumbbell Curls
  • Triceps – Cable Pull-downs with rope or bar
  • Chest – Flat and Inclined Dumbbell Presses, Barbell Presses, Dumbbell Flys
  • Legs – Squats, Leg extensions, Leg curls, seated or standing calf raises

Non-Weight-Bearing, Non-impact Exercises

These exercises can be part of a well-rounded exercise program, but do not help to build bones.  If you like these activities, add in others (noted above) that work your bones.  Some of these exercises include:

  • ‪Bicycling/indoor cycling‬
  • Deep-water walking‬
  • ‪Stretching and flexibility exercises‬
  • ‪Swimming‬
  • ‪Water aerobics‬

*Consider this note of caution about endurance running such as marathons, cross country and triathlons and other extreme exercise regimens:  Extremes of exercise, mainly aerobic exercise, can negatively affect bone density in women by interfering with estrogen production when combined with an inadequate intake of calcium and total food energy.  (Natural loss of estrogen is the main cause of bone loss in women after menopause.)