Close to 1.5 million people in America receive some type of cosmetic procedure each year. Whether people choose something as simple as a Botox injection or something as expensive as a breast augmentation, most have one thing in common: a desire to look younger. For those who see surgery as a bit too invasive, anti-aging hormones appear to be the answer; but, are they? Here are facts that you should know before spending your money on any miracle product:
1.HGH – Human Growth Hormone
Human growth hormone decreases in the body as we age and is now one of the most popular supplements on the market. While some patients have reported a renewed sense of energy when given HGH injections, the cost is simply too prohibitive for most. At almost $15,000 a year, HGH injections also bring with them several side effects: joint pain, diabetes and high blood pressure just to name a few.
2.DHEA – Dehyrdoepiandrosterone
DHEA is a raw material of sorts that the human body converts into the estrogen and testosterone. If you believe the media reports, DHEA will make you look and feel younger. If, on the other hand, you believe the New England Journal of Medicine, DHEA is a waste of money when it comes to anti-aging properties. While the supplement is useful for certain medical conditions as determined by a physician, its use as an anti-aging supplement has been exaggerated.
Ask any woman and she will tell you, sudden drops in estrogen, like those coinciding with menopause, can leave you feeling weak and uncomfortable. While doctors in the 50s and 60s jumped on the estrogen-replacement bandwagon as a way of making women feel younger, doctors today are well aware of the possible risks involved. Heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure are just a few of the side effects associated with estrogen replacement therapy. Doctors today are instead utilizing menopausal hormone replacement therapy; a combination of several different hormones.
Just as women experience negative health effects as a consequence of plummeting estrogen levels, man can experience negative consequences with significant drops in testosterone. In healthy men, testosterone supplementation has not shown to have any effect on physical health or aging. In fact, there is concern that testosterone supplementation in men who naturally produce adequate levels of the hormone could increase the risk of prostate cancer and the quickening of growth of other cancers.
People have been fed some misinformation when it comes to melatonin: The levels in our bodies do not decrease as we age. While melatonin is important in regulating our sleep cycles, it has nothing to do with how we age or how young we look as we age. Supplementing with melatonin can help people with insomnia or other sleep disorders, but it will do nothing for those hoping to achieve a more youthful appearance.
Before you supplement your diet with any type of vitamin, mineral or even hormone, it’s important that you speak with your physician. Supplementation can be dangerous, if not deadly, when unnecessary. While many products are being touted as having miraculous properties, most of these reports are simply generated by companies that desire to sell their product.