I was born in 1951 and from that year until now no one in the United States has officially died of old age because state and federal agencies updated the standard list of contributing and underlying causes of death. “Old age” was dropped from the list in 1951.
Despite not having to worry about officially dying of old age I have still been acutely aware of the impact aging has had on my life. While it’s a lot easier to describe aging than to define it, the fact remains, the symptoms of aging are both subtle and obvious. When I was a 19 year old athlete I was immortal and indestructible.
Of course we don’t all age at the same rate. Our clocks tick at different speeds. When I turned 40 I began to explore the question, â€œIs there anything that could reduce the rate I was aging! Of course there were lots of theories and opinions, most of which were conflicting.
Honestly, at first, I was skeptical, and it hardly seemed worth pursuing. As I read more about natural HGH enhancement, I became fascinated, if not obsessed. Researchers agree that if we were able to maintain our body as it is when we were eleven – when our healing capacity is at its maximum – we could live for an estimated 1,200 years. Well, I knew I couldn’t go back to being eleven but I could take a close look at what’s occurring at the cellular level in an eleven year old physiology.
I’m a product of my daily choices
Research article after research article pointed to the fact that my daily choices determine my rate of aging and life span. In fact, current wisdom indicates that the sum of my daily decisions equals about 70 percent of the factors that determine my rate of aging and life span. 70%!
In 1990 while I was an adjunct professor at the University of Washington I discovered, quite by accident, HGH (human growth hormone) supplements. A friend in the human physiology lab brought up the subject over lunch one day and went on and on about the possibilities. He told me there was a flurry of activity in labs across the world investigating this new magic elixir.
Altering my hormonal status
Truth was, hormones (HGH), or the lack of, were exerting a dominant influence on my body composition and aging and I knew I was NOT willing to inject HGH and take the risk. I’m not an endocrinologist but I do know that growth hormone decline is a fact, but more importantly, it can be reversed, naturally.
Studies show that older pituitary somatotrophe cells (the cells that produce growth hormone) are capable of releasing as much growth hormone as younger somatotrophe cells, if adequately signaled/stimulated.
Actually, my growth hormone production had began to fall-off long before I had began to age in the conventional sense. My daily growth hormone production was declining each decade, so that by sixty years of age my growth hormone output would have been less than 50% of what it was when I was 19.
I took control
Once I had a more complete understanding of the physiological mechanism responsible for HGH production I began a program of natural HGH production/optimization utilizing diet, exercise and HGH supplementation. One of the first things I started to do was monitor my circulating growth hormone levels to get an idea of exactly where I was.
What I found interesting was that when my first blood test came back and I met with my physician she looked at the results and said you’re fine (normal). I asked, “what does normal mean? She said, “normal for your age group.” I then pointedly asked, “what if the entire age group is low?” She responded, “well it’s just part of getting older.
Not that I don’t trust my doc but as Mark Twain wrote. “There are more old drunks than there are old doctors.”
Needless to say, making the right choices has increased the quality of my life and has indeed reduced the rate at which I’m aging.
What I am NOT doing
- I am not using a needle to put HGH into my body.
- I am not exposing my body to dangerous unmanageable levels of growth hormone.
What I AM doing
- I use a supplement to help mimic the growth hormone signaling and feedback mechanism in my endocrine system.
- Because it’s handled endogenously (internally) my body uses its own feedback mechanism to regulate growth hormone levels which ultimately means my body keeps growth hormone at very safe and manageable levels.
- I enjoy the benefits of growth hormone levels of a much younger person.