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HGH Doctors: What Type of Physicians Prescribe Growth Hormone Replacement for Men and Women
HGH Doctors who Prescribe Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Generally have Trained in Age Management or Anti-Aging Medical Specialties.
There is no such specialization called HGH Doctors. That is primarily a name given to doctors who specialize in age management and anti-aging modalities. HGH replacement is one component of a comprehensive hormone replacement program.
HGH doctors will predominantly prescribe other forms of hormone replacement therapies. In men, this often entails testosterone replacement. In women, this generally relates to estrogen and progesterone replacement. In some cases, HGH doctors will test for deficiencies in these patients. Once deficiencies are recorded, HGH doctors can recommend treatment to elevate growth hormone levels into more optimal physiological ranges.
Cost of HGH Doctors
HGH doctors are not cheap. Expect to invest a significant amount for initial testing and evaluations. Particularly with HGH doctors in the United States. Often their fees are very high due to the number of regulatory issues related to prescribing and treating patients for their growth hormone deficiencies.
Lower-cost HGH doctors in the USA will often charge between $800-$1,000 USD for the initial medical consultation which includes comprehensive blood testing. In Costa Rica HGH doctors at the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic will charge around $550 USD for the comprehensive blood testing and medical consultation. This is considerably less. On top of that, they can legally prescribe the same FDA-approved growth hormone medications approved for growth hormone deficiencies in the US. This is the case for the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic’s treatment centers in Mexico and Panama as well.
How Long Do HGH Doctors Prescribe Growth Hormone?
How long HGH doctors prescribe HGH depends on many circumstances. Generally, for first-time patients, they tend to go slow. Expect a prescription for 30 to 90 days initially. Then the HGH doctor will do a follow-up with the patient to see how they are progressing. If the patient seems to be doing well and blood testing shows their levels are optimized properly, subsequent prescriptions may be for much longer.
What Training Do HGH Doctors Get to Prepare for Treating Patients
The best HGH doctors get board certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine is the longest and largest promoter of true Anti-Aging Medicine consisting of hormone replacement, supplementation of vitamins and minerals, as well as other lifestyle modifications shown to enhance life.
How do HGH Doctors Determine Growth Hormone Deficiencies
HGH Doctors will conduct comprehensive blood testing, discuss with patients their detailed medical history, and look for a number of symptoms (clues) characteristic of those related to human growth hormone deficiencies.
There are two common tests used to determine growth hormone deficiency. Because growth hormone is released in pulses, a single measurement of the blood level is not normally clinically useful. Therefore, testing for the suppression or stimulation of growth hormone release from the pituitary is usually done. They are listed below:
- Growth hormone stimulates the production of insulin-like growth factor 1, (IGF-1). Growth hormone is converted to IGF-1 as it passes through the liver. IGF-1 mediates the effects of HGH. It helps promote bone and tissue growth and is an indicator of HGH levels. IGF-1 remains relatively stable for several hours making it a good test for measuring HGH production. It has its critics, but now it has been used for more than 10 years as a reliable and effective measure by physicians in the USA and throughout the world to monitor HGH levels and HGH production in patients safely and effectively.
- Growth hormone stimulation tests can help to diagnose GH deficiency as well. For a stimulation test, a small amount of blood is drawn after 10-12 hours of fasting. Then, under close medical supervision, a person is given an IV solution of a substance that normally stimulates the release of HGH from the patient’s pituitary. Blood tests are drawn periodically over a several-hour period to benchmark specific levels of HGH. We consider this test inconvenient, unnecessary, and a potential risk to the patient. We do not recommend this test and prefer IGF-1 level measurements.
HGH Doctors use IGF-1 to Optimize Growth Hormone Levels
Popular Method for Indirect Assay of HGH and IGF-1
|Pituitary||Description of Blood Test||IGF-1 Range ng/mL|
|IGF-1||IGF-1 levels are directly related to growth hormone secretion and/or HGH therapy. Best levels for healthy adults is in the upper physiological range (290-315ng/ml). Some patients will require HGH dosage adjustments to achieve optimal levels of IGF-1.||200-320 ng/ml|
The HGH / IGF-1 table above was reconstructed from the book Dr. Jeffry S. Life, M.D. Ph.D., The Life Plan: How Any Man Can Achieve Lasting Health, Great Sex, and a Stronger, Leaner Body, Edition May 2011, page 323.
Avoiding Excessively High Levels of Growth Hormone in Older Adults
It is important to receive treatment for growth hormone replacement from a qualified medical team to reduce the risk of side effects. Inexperienced users not seeking appropriate medical advice often take excessive amounts of HGH injections. This can lead to dangerous side effects.
It’s important to monitor and not exceed the upper physiological range of IGF-1. High levels of IGF-1 may put you at an increased risk of certain types of cancer, such as breast, prostate, or colon cancer, as well as other health conditions. While low levels of IGF-1 may indicate a deficiency or imbalance in the body’s growth and development processes or may be a sign of poor diet or other health problems.
The optimal dose of HGH was shown to reduce the negative effects of PD1 biomarker level, reducing the risk of cancer by boosting immune system function. See more on the TRIIM Protocol.
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Anti-Aging and Wellness Center by Age Metrics Medical S. A.
The Anti-Aging & Weight Loss Center by Age Metrics Medical is part of the original Anti-Aging and Wellness Medical Clinic (Est. 2013). The clinic is one of the longest-running most successful anti-aging centers in all of Latin America for Weight Loss and Anti-Aging and Wellness therapies. Our doctors are US board-certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine by the A4M.
Board-Certified Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine A4M
Providing evidence-based Anti-Aging, Weight Loss, and Regenerative therapies. All of our treatment programs are supervised medically by Dr. Jeff Ugalde, MD. He has been part of the Anti-Aging and Wellness team since 2014 serving as its Medical Director. He is the most experienced doctor in Anti-Aging Medicine in Costa Rica. He has over 20 years of experience as a physician and is US board certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.
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