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Benefits of HGH: Thierry Hertoghe, M.D. Published HGH Benefits Research – Guide


Thierry Hertoghe, M.D. published a study in which he investigated the benefits of HGH in individuals aged 27 to 82 before and after 2 months of growth hormone treatment (self-reported questioners by the patients)

After 2 months treatment
(Percent of patients reporting improvement)

Physical Signs

  • Fewer wrinkles on face (75.5%)
  • Less sagging skin on face and neck (67%)
  • Firmer muscles (60.7%)
  • Less body fat (48%)
  • Better skin (thicker) (34.5%)
  • Thicker head hair (28.1%)Emotional/mental
  • Improved emotional state (71.4%)
  • Increased energy (86.8%)
  • Improved physical stamina (86.04%)
  • Increased ability to stay up late (82.5%)
  • Improved resistance to stress ((83.7%)
  • Significantly decreased Anxiety (calmer) (73.5%)
  • Improved assertiveness (73.1%)
  • Improved sense of power (77.8%)
  • Improved self-esteem (50%)
  • Depression improved or eliminated (82.7%)
  • Improved sociability (77.8%)
  • Decreased tendency to give sharp verbal responses (71.0%)Source: Thierry Hertoghe, M.D.

    “The effects of six months of human growth hormone on lean body mass and adipose tissue reversed the equivalent of changes incurred during 10-20 years of aging.” “The overall deterioration of the body that comes with growing old is not inevitable…We now realize that some aspects of it can be prevented or reversed.”

    – Dr. Daniel Rudman, MD – New England Journal of Medicine

B12: people who had higher vitamin B12 levels were six times less likely to experience brain shrinkage


Vitamin B12 Boasts Brain Benefits.

Simple Dietary Changes May Help Ward Off Brain Volume Loss in Old Age.

Vitamin B12 may help protect against brain volume loss in the elderly. That’s according to researchers from the University of Oxford in England.

The scientists studied 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87 without memory or thinking problems. The average age of participants was 73, and 54% were women.

The researchers collected blood samples to check the levels of vitamin B12, a nutrient found in meat, fish, and milk. Participants underwent yearly brain scans using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), memory testing, and physical exams.

None of the people in the study had a vitamin B12 deficiency.

When the researchers compared the results, they found that people who had higher vitamin B12 levels were six times less likely to experience brain shrinkage compared with those who had lower levels of the vitamin in their blood.

The researchers write that they were unable to investigate whether lower vitamin B12 could cause cognitive impairment by its effect on brain size.

“Many factors that affect brain health are thought to be out of our control, but this study suggests that simply adjusting our diets to get more vitamin B12 through eating meat, fish, fortified cereals, or milk may be something we can easily adjust to prevent brain shrinkage and so perhaps save our memory,” says study author Anna Vogiatzoglou, MSc, with the University of Oxford.

Since the researchers did not look at whether taking vitamin B12 supplements would have an effect, it remains unknown whether they could make a difference in elderly persons at risk for brain shrinkage.

“Without carrying out a clinical trial, we acknowledge that it is still not known whether B12 supplementation would actually make a difference in elderly persons at risk for brain shrinkage,” Vogiatzoglou says.

 

All The Different Brands of Human Growth Hormone – Guide


Real HGH (Somatropin) brands

The method of manufacturing HGH that is most often used now is through either Protein Secretion technology or Mouse-cell technology. Both of these means of manufacturing create HGH that is identical to the GH produced naturally in a human body.

Nutropin – Genentech

Nutropin was developed by Genentech and is available for sale worldwide. Nutropin is manufactured by Protein Secretion technology.

Hypertropin – Neogenica BioScience Ltd.

Hypertropin is manufactured by NeoGenica Bioscience Ltd. It is one of the strongest brands of HGH on the market. Hypertropin is produced by secretion technology and is a 191 amino acid sequence human growth hormone – identical to human body’s own. It is a rather new product available for sale in China.

Genotropin – Genentech

Genotropin was developed by Genentech. It is available for sale in the U.S. through Pharmacia, in Europe through Pierrel, and in Japan through Sumitomo. Genotropin is manufactured by Protein Secretion technology.

Humatrope – Eli Lilly

Humatrope was both developed by and is available for sale in the U.S. and Europe through Eli Lilly. Humatrope is manufactured by Protein Secretion technology.

Saizen – Serono

Saizen was developed by Switzerland’s Serono. It is available for sale in both the U.S. and Europe. Saizen is manufactured by Mouse-cell technology.

Serostim – Serono

Serostim was also developed by Serono. It is available for sale in the U.S. Serostim is manufactured by Mouse-cell technology.

Zorbtive – Serono

Zorbtive was developed by Serono. It is available for sale in the U.S. Zorbtive is manufactured by Mouse-cell technology.

Norditropin Novo Nordisk

Norditropin was developed by Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk. It is available for sale in the U.S. and Europe through Novo Nordisk and in Japan through Yamanouchi. Norditropin is manufactured by Protein Secretion technology.

Jintropin – GeneScience Pharmaceuticals

Jintropin is manufactured and distributed by GeneScience Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. It was the first 191 amino acid sequence HGH in China. GenSci is a China-based pharmaceutical company which has been active since 1997.

Zomacton – Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Zomacton was developed by Ferring Pharmaceuticals. It is available for sale worldwide. Zomacton is manufactured by Protein Secretion technology.

192 amino acid sequence HGH (Somatrem)

Inclusion Body technology was the first biosynthetic form of HGH developed (known as Met-GH, Somatorm or 192 amino acid sequence HGH ). When researchers first developed HGH using Inclusion Body Technology, they were comparing it to cadaver-GH. However, Met-GH was not pure GH, so met-GH produced side effects in many users. Met-GH has an additional methionyl amino acid that caused a person’s body to build up antibodies against it. Some users experienced allergic reactions to met-GH, some even built up so much resistance that it neutralized the effect of the drug.

Ansomone – AnkeBio

Ansomone is manufactured and distributed by Anhui Anke Biotechnology. Tests performed by independent researchers have shown that Ansomone is a good quality HGH drug. However, HGH that is created by Inclusion Body technology is not identical to human GH.

Tev-Tropin – TEVA Pharmaceuticals

Tev-Tropin was developed by TEVA Pharmaceuticals. It is sold in the U.S. Tev-Tropin is manufactured by Inclusion Body technology.

Fitropin Kexing

Fitropin is manufactured and distributed by Kexing. Kexing is a China-based pharmaceutical company. Because GeneScience Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. has the patent for making HGH by secretion technology in China, Kexing cannot produce their product through such a precise and efficient means. Rather, Fitropin is manufactured by Inclusion Body technology.

What is a Nutraceutical? – Guide


What is a  Nutraceutical:                     

   A Nutraceutical is any vitamin, mineral, supplement, trace element or bio-botanical plant based substance which has known healing value to people and is produced or isolated for public consumption with the highest purity – pharmaceutical grade purity. It is a rigorous process to make an exact Nutraceutical which involves sending the healing substances from plants to a biotechnology company where the active ingredient of benefit to people is highly concentrated and then standardized to a milligram dose so it can be accurately controlled.

Douglas Labs: We use only one biotech lab, Douglas Labs, which is the only lab in America to be fully approved by the FDA. Douglas Labs has ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 accreditation the only lab making Nutraceuticals and Supplements in America to have this highest standard of quality.

Longevity and Cellular Regeneration Nutraceutical Program

Why We Need Nutraceuticals with a Hormone Replacement Therapy

Being on a high potency Nutraceutical program is imperative when on a hormone replacement therapy program if we are to have medical health. What we must all understand is that HRT, HGH or Testosterone therapy increases the amount and use of all vital nutrients, enzymes, fats, minerals, carbohydrates and many other essential bodily substances needed to maintain excellent health.

In short, our body uses all these vital components up at a much faster rate when on a Hormone Replacement Therapy program, so we MUST put these essential substances back into the body at higher levels, especially since most RDA recommendations are considered insufficient by most anti-aging, longevity and cell regeneration standards.

Using Bio-Identical Hormones and pharmaceutically pure Nutraceuticals with a consistent exercise schedule is a safe and effective way of embracing a healthy anti-aging, longevity and regenerative life style.

Contact us today for information on our pharmaceutically pure Nutraceuticals.

 

HGH Scams: Different HGH Scams and things to watch for online – Guide


HGH Scams and things to watch for Online

Buying liquid HGH for Injection

Liquid HGH is very sensitive to heat, losing potency if not kept at a temperature of 2-8 degrees at all times, even then becoming useless after around 20 days. Its sensitivity also extends to vigorous movements, such as shaking, which can shatter the fragile links between atoms of the molecule. For those two reasons, it is very unlikely that a liquid form of HGH can be delivered to you by postal courier (which is the standard practice when buying on the internet). If they put it on dry ice it is too cold, and HGH is destroyed, if they let it overheat, it is too hot, and HGH is destroyed, if they shake it a lot, drop it, etc.. it is destroyed.

If you are buying on the black market again, do not buy the liquid form because you can never be sure if it was properly stored, or if it’s not expired. If you get it out of a pharmacy store or a reliable dealer, then it could be OK.

HGH Spray, HGH Pills SCAM ALERT

HGH is large, fragile protein molecule with a molecular weight of 20,000. It contains 191 amino acids in an exact sequence, with many delicate cross-linkages that give it a significant 3-D configuration. Its only source is from human genes, using very expensive and meticulous recombinant DNA technology. HGH from any other source, even from other animals, does not work in people. There is no other source of HGH. There is no naturally occurring plant source of HGH. HGH must be made using human genetics. The only safe form of HGH is created by splicing human genes into bacteria cells or embryonic mammalian cells and then growing those cells in a culture media.

True HGH can only be absorbed in sufficient amounts by injecting the pharmaceutical grade of HGH, which is expensive and only available on a doctor’s prescription. It CANNOT be absorbed by mouth, by SPRAY or by the sublingual route. Various forms of human growth hormone (HGH) are being marketed as a nasal spray, oral spray, tablet, powder, or capsule. Full page advertisements for such products have been seen in major newspapers. The facts must be addressed in scientific and legal terms before any such claims can be believed. In fact, in my opinion, they are all scams.

HGH Releasers

Most so-called HGH releasers are composed of amino acids, primarily L-arginine, in large doses. A heaping teaspoon of L-arginine on an empty stomach will increase HGH release by the pituitary gland in a young person by up to 25%, for only a short time, and only in those people who already make a lot of HGH on their own and don’t need more. It will not cause HGH to be released to any significant degree to an older person when it is required to prevent accelerated aging. The small releasing effect is progressively lost with age.

HGH releasers are nonspecific. They also increase the pituitary release of ACTH, causing an increase in adrenal cortisone production. Cortisone (cortisol) speeds aging while giving a temporary boost in energy and well-being. For this reason, you might encounter testimonials of immediate “feel-good” effects of such products. That is unrelated to HGH.

HGH releasers have the same effect as ghrelin, an appetite stimulating peptide hormone. HGH releasers, therefore, increase appetite and cause weight gain.

Some so-called HGH releasers contain raw animal brains, listed on the label as “hypothalamus” or “pituitary.” The theory is that they contain a minute amount of GH-releasing hormone (GHRH). Raw brain tissue is the primary cause of mad cow disease, scientifically known as spongiform encephalopathy or Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. This applies to all so-called glandular products with freeze-dried brain or pituitary ingredients.

The effect of HGH releasers gradually fades with time, over a few months – called tachyphylaxis.

Online sources of Lyophilized recombinant HGH
Lyophilized (white dry powder) HGH can be stable at room temperature for long enough to be transported to you, however, be very very careful who you buy from. Because real HGH is a very expensive medicine, there will naturally be plenty of counterfeit merchandise all over the black market. The internet is also full of outright scammers who will appear as a normal online pharmacy, even charge credit cards, offer prescriptions, and when you make a “purchase,” they are never to be heard from again. Some may sell expired, mishandled (improperly stored) merchandise.

Unknown HGH Brand

Producing real HGH is not a piece of cake and cannot be done in a bathtub pharmacy (like many steroids can). The equipment alone is worth multi-millions. Any company which can afford the material can provide a proper brand name, recognition by FDA equivalent of the country in which the product is manufactured, etc..

How to age rapidly or not


The key role your adrenal glands play in answering that question

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When most people think about their adrenal glands, the first thing that pops into their mind is the word adrenaline, the “fight-or-flight” hormone that puts us into survival mode in times of danger.

But there is a lot more to the adrenal glands than fulfilling that vital function

As with most of the body’s functions, balance is required to maintain health. And the adrenal glands are no different. They perform their job with pinpoint, precise accuracy and provide us with the hormones we need when we need them, and in the exact amounts, we need for the circumstance.

To understand how important our adrenal glands are, we will begin by taking a detailed look at the anatomy of the glands, where they are located, the hormones they secrete, and what could go wrong with the adrenal glands functioning.

Where are the adrenal glands located?

Despite the fact that the adrenal glands are a part of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis (better known as the HPA axis), they are not bundled tightly to the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. In fact, they are not even located in the brain. They reside just above your kidneys, with one gland sitting on top of one kidney. Obviously, they have a powerful impact on your kidney function.

Most glands and organs that come in pairs are symmetrical. But the adrenals are not. The left adrenal gland is shaped almost like a half-moon, while the right gland is triangular shaped. They are large compared to most glands, measuring approximately 2.5 inches in length, 3 inches in length and 1 inch in width.

What are the different parts of the adrenal glands?

There are three distinct sections of the adrenal glands:

  1. The capsule. Similar to the outer layers of the body (fat and skin), the capsule provides protection to each adrenal gland.

  2. The cortex. This is the outer part of the adrenal gland and comprises its largest part (approximately 80%). The cortex is divided into three zones: zona glomerulosa, zona fasciculate, and zona reticularis. The cortex is responsible for producing hormones that are essential for life by regulating our blood pressure, controlling our metabolism and enabling us to respond to stress

  3. The medulla. This is the inner part of the adrenal gland, located in the middle and surrounded by the cortex. It is approximately 20% of the gland.

What are the functions of these three parts?

The role of the capsule is to provide protection to the glands. That’s it. Vital job but not too much to elaborate about.

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As mentioned, the cortex consists of three separate zones that have three distinct functions. The zona recticularis is the deepest layer of the gland. Its role is to manufacture hormones such as Dehydroepiandrosterone/dehydroepiandrostenedione (DHEA) also known as androstenolone.

The end product can be converted into testosterone, although in men the adrenals play a secondary role in testosterone production to the testes. For women, the adrenals are the primary provider of that male hormone.

The zona fasciculate is located in the middle of the adrenal gland and is in charge of secreting cortisol and its similar compounds. These hormones are vital since they are responsible for some life-sustaining functions. Cortisol will be discussed in detail later, as it is a many-faceted hormone.

The zona glomerulosa is the part of the cortex responsible for producing mineralocorticiods and excreting fluids and minerals.

The medulla is not as large as the cortex, but it is every bit as important: it manages our response to stress. The medulla secretes three separate catecholamines: epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine and dopamine. The definition of catecholamines is any of a group of chemically related neurotransmitters, as epinephrine and dopamine, which have similar effects on the sympathetic nervous system.

As a result of stress, our brain signals the adrenal glands to react quickly by releasing stress hormones, primarily cortisol. These hormones prepare us for battle and danger by withdrawing blood from the skin to the brain and internal organs, make us more alert and slow down our digestive system.

Also, adrenaline causes our blood sugar levels to spike by converting glycogen to glucose in the liver. Norepinephrine teams up with epinephrine in reacting to stress. It causes the narrowing of blood vessels, a condition known as vasoconstriction. This can cause high blood pressure.

So far the point has been made that there are goods reasons why most people think of adrenaline (fight-or-flight) and cortisol (stress) when considering the adrenal glands. But these glands do more – much, much more to keep us alive and healthy.

Here’s a look at the many of the body’s internal functions that are controlled by the adrenal glands:

  • Circadian Rhythm. The adrenal glands release their hormones in cycles known as the circadian rhythm. This is a 24-hour period with the highest levels secreted in the morning and the fewest levels released in the evening. This is a delicate cycle and if it is disrupted many important bodily functions are knocked out of whack such as the immune system and energy production.

  • Fighting fatigue by producing sufficient amounts of energy. This condition relates directly to the circadian rhythm cycle. If this rhythm is not performing precisely, constant fatigue, difficulty getting up in the morning and mid-afternoon energy crashes are common outcomes. Cortisol is responsible for converting the nutrients we consume (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) into energy. When the level of cortisol is balanced our bodies process these nutrients efficiently, resulting in a perpetual cycle of high energy.

  • Keeping our muscles and joints functioning at a high level. The adrenal hormones and the cycles they regulate play an enormous and crucial role in tissue healing. When the glands are underperforming, the lack of tissue repair leads to much larger problems such as muscle and joint pain which at times can become chronic. This imbalance can also result in weakness in the hip and shoulder girdle muscles.

  • Strengthening our bones and preventing osteoporosis. The adrenal hormones also play a role in building and strengthening our bones. This is tied into our ability to obtain deep, relaxing, and restorative sleep. If our stress levels are high, so is our cortisol levels. This can interfere with our bone’s ability to obtain the calcium they need. Worse, excess cortisol can weaken the bones by leaching calcium from them, causing a loss of minerals.

  • Boosting our immune system. Again, the culprit is high cortisol levels usually as a result of high-stress levels. This reduces secretory IgA (SigA) which is known as the mucous membrane surface antibody. This vital substance helps our immune system battle a wide array of problems by blocking bacteria, viruses, plasmids and toxins. When Sig A is not doing its job, we are more prone to afflictions such as sinus infections, bronchitis, sore throat, stomach and duodenal ulcers, gallbladder inflammation, colitis, vaginal, kidney and bladder infections and reflux esophagitis.

  • Low cortisol levels can also wreak havoc on our immune system. The body is in a finely-tuned balance in so many ways, even cortisol levels. Too low levels of cortisol can cause our immune system to become overly aggressive and attack both invaders and beneficial environmental agents in the body.

  • Allowing us to enjoy the deep, restorative sleep that is so essential to our overall health. Here again, our cortisol levels enter into the picture. If stress is raging out of control, our cortisol levels will also be high. In this state rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is difficult to attain. REM sleep is the deep, restorative sleep that is so needed to keep our energy levels high the following day. If REM sleep is elusive, the result is fatigue, crankiness, weight gain and even depression.

  • Giving our skin the ability to regenerate. Nighttime gives our skin the opportunity to renew. Again, the same simple formula: elevated cortisol = lower skin rejuvenation. The cause is (pardon the pun) more than skin deep. It relates to our levels of zinc and copper. Low zinc and high copper levels are often seen in people with skin problems. The connection is this: excess copper ramps up the transition of dopamine to norepinephrine and adrenaline which leads to excess cortisol. If that weren’t bad enough, low dopamine levels would increase the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Keeping our thyroid levels correct. The proper functioning of the thyroid gland is critical to our health in many ways, especially preventing weight-gain and boosting our energy levels. The thyroid is at times referred to as the body’s thermometer, and another analogy is the cleaner in your furnace. If it is under-performing, the condition is called hypothyroidism. The symptoms are increased sensitivity to cold, weight gain and chronic fatigue. These conditions are directly related to adrenal hormonal imbalances, especially high cortisol levels.

  • Preventing the loss of libido. As previously mentioned, stress causes cortisol levels to skyrocket. To provide all the extra cortisol needed as a result of this stress the body in its inherent wisdom economizes on producing sex hormones to produce more cortisol. In particular, the sex hormone progesterone is practically “cannibalized” as the body’s production shift to cortisol. Progesterone plays a key role in converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The result? Low testosterone levels, elevated DHT levels, balding, prostate expansion, headaches, and low libido.

The myth of cortisol release and long workouts

Here’s another example of why the complex balance of cortisol levels is so important and misunderstood. Bodybuilders have been preached to, seemingly forever, about the dangers of long workouts. The consensus seems to be that one-hour is about it. Anything beyond that will send your body into a “catabolic” state. Catabolic refers to a process of breaking down muscle, while anabolic is building muscle.

The culprit, we were told, was cortisol. Extended sessions in the gym would over-stress our bodies, and our overworked adrenals would open the floodgates of cortisol. In theory, this makes sense.

However, as has been discussed, cortisol is not a simple hormone to understand. It does not respond precisely to an artificially imposed time limit. A brief, intense 15-minute session of high-intensity interval training can cause an increase in cortisol.

In fact, studies have shown that short, intense sessions produce the most muscle growth AND the most cortisol. Our muscles need stress to grow. Therefore, workouts lasting longer than 1-hour will not automatically shrink muscles and decrease strength.

The takeaway is this: our hormones work together as a team. And cortisol is a vital player on that team. Too much cortisol may not always be bad. Conversely, too little cortisol may not always be right. To repeat, it is vital to keep our cortisol levels in proper balance.

What could go wrong with my adrenal glands?

There is no one single cause for adrenal gland problems. Trouble could arise from within the gland itself or from another gland. Remember, the endocrine system is a series of intricate relationships, and one gland can at times affect another.

Here are a few common disorders of the adrenal glands:

  • Addison’s disease. This is an auto-immune disease when the body’s immune system goes haywire and attacks the adrenal glands. The result is that the adrenal cortex doesn’t produce sufficient amounts of cortisol and aldosterone. This can occur at any time to anyone regardless of age.

  • Adrenal cancer. Fortunately, this is a very rare affliction. There is some uncertainty as to the cause of adrenal cancer. What is known is that many of the same reasons that cause cancer in general also apply to adrenal cancer: age, family history, and smoking.

  • Cushing’s syndrome. This is also a rare condition that is the opposite of Addison’s disease. Instead of producing too little cortisol, Cushing’s disease results in the adrenal’s producing too much cortisol. The are several different causes of this disorder which will be covered in detail below.

  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia. This is a genetic condition characterized by low levels of cortisol. As a result, many who suffer from this affliction to have other hormone problems such as low levels of aldosterone (which maintains a balance between salt and water.

  • Other causes can be tuberculosis, bleeding directly into the adrenals and other infections of the glands.

The causes, testing, and treatment for Cushing’s Syndrome

Cushing’s Syndrome is named after a physician, Dr. Harvey Cushing. In 1932, Dr. Cushing observed eight patients with the following symptoms: obesity, emotional instability, menstrual irregularities, Excessive hair growth, hypertension, osteoporosis, glucose intolerance and kidney stones. These are the traits that characterize Cushing’s syndrome.

The cause is an excess manufacture of cortisol by the adrenal glands. As mentioned earlier, cortisol is powerful – extremely powerful and operates in a finely-tuned, delicate balance. Too much cortisol = problems with many different cells throughout the body.

Like other problems with the adrenal glands, Cushing’s Syndrome is most uncommon (10 people in one million).

The pituitary gland controls the production of cortisol in the adrenals. Therefore problems in the pituitary like a tumor can spill over into the adrenals. Or the adrenals themselves could develop a tumor. When the pituitary secretes an excessive amount of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), this can result in the adrenal gland’s pumping out high levels of cortisol.

This kind of Cushing’s Syndrome is called Cushing’s Disease and is diagnosed by measuring hormone production. When this disease is present serum cortisol levels will be raised, and serum ACTH will also be excessive.

When a tumor develops in the adrenals, they react like any other gland in the endocrine system: pushing out excessive amounts of the hormone produced by the gland. Obviously, if the adrenal tumor is made up of cortisol-producing cells, the result is excess cortisol manufacturing.

At this point, the pituitary’s “radar” will sense the abnormally high cortisol levels and cease producing ACTH to try to slow this process back to normal. Measuring these levels of ACTH is the blueprint physicians use to determine this condition.

On very rare occasions excess ACTH originates somewhere other than the pituitary. This is serious since lung cancer can produce ACTH.

To sum up, here is the breakdown of the causes of Cushing’s Syndrome:

ACTH-Dependent (80%)

  • Pituitary tumors (60%)

  • Lung Cancer (5%)

ACTH-Independent (20%)

  • Benign adrenal tumors (adenoma) (25%)

  • Malignant adrenal tumors (adrenal cell carcinoma) (10%)

The testing for Cushing’s Syndrome begins with measuring the level of cortisol secreted in a 24-hour period. The test is repeated at least once. A 24-hour free cortisol level greater than 100 micrograms is indicative of Cushing’s Syndrome.

The treatment of Cushing’s Syndrome naturally depends on the cause. If the cause is a pituitary tumor, the tumor is removed either surgically or with radiation therapy. If the reason resides in a single adrenal gland, this is surgically removed. If the tumor is cancerous, a larger, more complex operation follows. If a single adrenal gland tumor is small and easy to see, it is removed by a laparoscopic adrenalectomy (surgical removal of the adrenal gland).

The importance of the adrenal glands should by now be evident. The levels of cortisol must be kept in a delicate balance; not too much or too little. So what can you do to keep your adrenal glands working in good order?

The causes of cortisol imbalance and the solutions

  1. Skipping meals, especially breakfast. Cortisol levels rise after fasting for approximately 5 hours. The longer we delay refueling, the more cortisol levels keep rising. In fact, if they zoom way too far past the normal range they may stay elevated all day.

  2. Not getting adequate rejuvenating sleep. The circadian rhythm cycle is there for a reason. If it is in sync, the body will release hormones on schedule. If not, hormone secretion is disrupted with consequences that can be most unpleasant. Make getting adequate amounts of sleep a top priority.

  3. Chronic poor posture with the chin protruding. Poor posture often is overlooked when considering cortisol. But a caveman posture with the shoulders and hips flexed can mimic the “flight-or-fight” position that causes a massive release of cortisol and catecholamines. If that weren’t bad enough, the “chin forward” posture impedes signals from the spinal cord, causing them to stop in the middle of the brain. This slows our thoughts and reflexes. Also, poor posture prevents the protein from adequately stimulating the brain which will cause the brain cells to shrink eventually. “Use-it-or-lose-it” is as important to the brain as it is to the body. Remember mom’s advice: stand up straight!

  4. Pain – both physical and mental. Cortisol can protect us from suffering. But if left unchecked it can spiral out of control and do far more harm than good. Insomnia, weight gain, muscle weakness, fatigue, and infections are signs of adrenal burnout. Don’t ignore chronic, intense pain. Deal with it.

  5. Constant stress that is not handled properly. Excess, chronic stress can be deadly if not addressed appropriately. Cortisol’s primary purpose is to help you manage extreme stress. It pours out in massive doses during the “fight-or-flight” response, as well as starvation and other severely stressful situation. Why does the body release this much cortisol? The answer goes back to our far-flung caveman ancestors. They often needed to swing into action immediately to get lunch or avoid being lunch. Naturally, this resulted in a floodgate of cortisol release. However, those situations were usually over quickly. Our bodies are not designed to deal with the continual cortisol bombardment caused by traffic jams, office politics, demanding spouses, etc. This is why we need to keep our cortisol levels under control. Meditation, exercise, socializing, hobbies – there are many ways to combat and manage stress. Make sure you find the right path for you.

High cortisol now = low cortisol later

This seeming paradox has a logical explanation. Constant stress and “burning the candle at both ends” robs the body of another vital hormone: pregnenolone, the so-called “mother of all hormones.” Here’s why. When the adrenal glands are forced to continually pump out large amounts of cortisol, the body is compelled to go after the supply of pregnenolone to make more cortisol. This stops pregnenolone from making other healthy hormones such as DHEA, estrogen, and testosterone.

Eventually, this vicious cycle takes its toll, resulting in burn-out and low cortisol levels. As mentioned repeatedly, low cortisol is as problematic as excess cortisol.

The good news

It is not incredibly difficult to maintain healthy levels of cortisol. The solutions to the problem are mentioned in the above section that lists the issues of cortisol imbalance.

The cortisol imbalance plays a crucial role in slowing down and even at times halting the aging process. High or low levels of cortisol are guaranteed to ravage the body both internally and externally. If you are concerned about the debilitating the effects of aging, follow the simple, common sense solutions listed above…and turn back the hands of time!


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