Peptides for Anti-Aging: Are they a Scam?

The Optimal HGH Dose for Adult Growth Hormone Replacement

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Peptide Therapy for HGH: A Poor Alternative for Anti-Aging in Adults

What is human growth hormone?

Human growth hormone (HGH) is a peptide hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. It plays a vital role in stimulating growth, cell regeneration, and repair in humans and other animals. HGH is also known as somatotropin.

HGH is responsible for stimulating the growth and development of bones, muscles, and organs during childhood and adolescence. It also helps to regulate body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, sugar and fat metabolism, and heart function. In adults, HGH is essential for maintaining muscle mass, bone density, and energy levels.

In addition to being produced naturally by the body, HGH can also be synthetically produced and used as a treatment for medical conditions such as growth hormone deficiency, Turner syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and chronic kidney disease. HGH is also sometimes used by athletes and bodybuilders to enhance performance, although this is considered illegal due to its proven ability to significantly improve athletic performance. This is primarily due to the regenerative aspect of growth hormone therapy.

At Age Metrics Medical, we’ve been treating adults successfully with HGH therapy since 2013 at 1/3 the cost of similar therapies in the United States. Abuse by world famous athletes and Hollywood elites have caused market conditions to increase the price of HGH therapy in the United States. However this is not the case in medical tourism destinations like Costa Rica and Mexico. Where the same growth hormone by the same manufacturer can be legally prescribed and purchased by medical tourists without fear of health censorship.

HGH regenerates important tissues like the thymus shown to reverse cellular aging in individuals. Peptides on the other hand, often prescribed in the United States as a “poor guys” cheap substitute, offer little benefit in adults for growth hormone therapy. They are simply a “marketing” placebo improperly prescribed by unscrupulous US doctors as a profitable HGH substitute. But we know they don’t work in the majority of adults.

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How Growth Hormone Works

Human growth hormone is released in short bursts periodically throughout the day. The hypothalamus in the brain regulates the secretion of HGH from the pituitary gland. In order for the pituitary gland to release more growth hormones, the hypothalamus must release the growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH). The GHRH signals the pituitary gland to release growth hormone.

But IGF-1 is the real workhorse of this complex system. When HGH is released in short bursts it metabolizes in the liver and turns into IGF-1. The more HGH released, the higher the IGF-1 levels produced. IGF-1 levels also serve as the master regulator for completing a complex biochemical feedback loop to the hypothalamus, instructing it precisely when enough growth hormone has been released, so the pituitary gland can properly rest and reset.

Peptides that naturally stimulate (“push”) the pituitary gland to work harder and harder is unnatural and not recommended. HGH replacement using real HGH is the only scientifically proven method for authentic growth hormone replacement therapy. Peptides are not approved by the FDA for HGH replacement therapy in adults.

So don’t waste money and time on marketing tactics used to sell you cheap peptides from US doctors. These doctors are profiting from the lack of patient education on how hormone replacement therapy is properly done. Peptides can play a role in medicine, but not in adult HGH therapy. Don’t waste time and money on them.

Note: Doctors inexperienced in HGH therapy claim that HGH injections prescribed correctly create dependence on HGH. This is untrue and misleading to patients. HGH only remains active in the body for a very short time. Dependence on HGH is a false claim that is made by doctors who do not and should not be providing treatment in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for adults. Peptides used in this fashion in the US are a scam. They don’t get the job done properly.

Human Growth Hormone Deficiency

Growth hormone deficiency is more common than we are led to believe by conventional medicine, which is focused more on treatment than prevention. The obesity epidemic is likely the root cause of much of the rapidly declining hormone levels experienced by modern men and women – NOT A NORMAL PART OF AGING as we are told. Sex hormone and growth hormone decline in adults is much worse today than in prior generations.

Obesity is generally caused by another hormone called insulin. Insulin is the primary fat-storage hormone in the body. Too much insulin in the blood for too long causes hormone stress and more fat storage. For those carrying a few extra pounds of fat, there is a high probability that they are insulin resistant. This causes a host of hormone problems that are only recently been discovered. It is also very likely one of these is the increase in deficiency in testosterone and growth hormone production in adults. By the way, reproductive capacity is also in decline, so it is no surprise that sex hormones and growth hormone are as well.

These underlying issues create a vicious cycle. We begin noticing negative effects, which most will recognize:

  • Weight gain.
  • Loss of muscle tone.
  • Decreased energy levels.
  • The decline in exercise capacity.
  • Low libido & sexual dysfunction.
  • Poor sleep

Peptides Don’t Work for HGH Therapy - How to Use IGF-1 Blood Testing to Confirm Your US Clinic Prescribed Peptides Don’t Work

IGF-1 Levels show how potent the growth hormone levels are being produced by your pituitary gland. Rarely if ever have we’ve experienced an adult over 30 years of age receive any benefit from peptide therapy related to growth hormone production. We consistently measure our patients’ IGF-1 levels and confirm they are at or near optimal levels for health adults.

Those levels are generally between 290-320 nl/ml. If you are paying for peptide therapy and your IGF-1 levels are not in this range, it is almost 99% likely you are not receiving any therapeutic benefits at the cellular level. That is, it is nothing more than a placebo sold to you by your US medical clinic. They are profiting off your ignorance and lack of understanding of the role of HGH and the HGH/IGF-1 Axis in the human body.

Human Growth Hormone 191 Amino Acids

Real HGH is 191 amino acids and precisely performs its role in the body as intended. Peptides are secretagogues and are not real 191 AA HGH. These peptides do not offer the same benefits as lean body mass, cellular regeneration, and other improvements received from real authentic HGH therapy. 

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.

Peptide HGH Scams Chart of HGH axis
HGH Regulation. Green Promotes HGH. Red Suppresses HGH. IGF-1 Levels are Key to Measureing HGH Benefits.

Benefits of Real HGH Replacement Therapy

  • The two most prolific studies on HGH therapy in adults are by Dr. Rudman and Dr. Fahy. Dr. Rudman’s HGH study published in the New England Journal of Medicine was done in the 1990s. It was groundbreaking for its time.

Below are bullet points on the Rudman HGH study:

  • Treatment was given for six months
  • Ages ranged from 61 to 81 years
  • Men were injected at 8:00 AM, with intervals between HGH injections only 1 or 2 days
  • The men followed a healthy diet
  • The study found no significant change in body weight
  • Lean body mass increased by 8.8%
  • Fat decreased by 14.4%
  • Skin thickness increased by 7.1%
  • Bone density increased by 1.7%

Dr. Fahy’s TRIIM HGH study was more recent, published in 2019.

The findings of this HGH regeneration study include the following:

  • Biological age reversal of 2.5 years after 1 year of treatment.
  • Thymus regeneration improves T-cell function and immunity.

Ref: Dr. Fahy TRIIM HGH study – Aging Cell.


HGH Benefits Rudman Study Chart

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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FAQ 1.05.2

A typical month's supply will cost $550. The same HGH from the same manufacturer in the USA will cost 3 times more.

The leading brand of human growth hormone now in Costa Rica, Mexico, and the United States is Norditropin.

Norditropin is the only leading pharmaceutical brand of growth hormone that comes premixed and can go without refrigeration.

It can go 14-21 days without refrigeration due to the proprietary preservation technology of Novo Nordisk.

HGH is three times or more in the United States than in many other countries. The main reasons for this are 1) pharmaceutical middlemen called "Pharmacy Benefit Managers" (PBMs) and the list-pricing strategies set by big-pharma companies. Please see for more information on Pharmacy Benefit Managers work in the USA on our "why is HGH so expensive in the USA?" You can ask Google, Siri, or Alexa and our page will be at the top of the list.
We only prescribe name-brand "FDA Approved" pharmaceutical HGH from major manufacturers like Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, and Merck. In the modern era with Google search and social media, these black market online internet pharmacies are rapidly exposed. We use real doctors and we promote our doctors. You get to know them and they get to know you. They are professionals and they want you to be healthy so that you tell others about our services. Unfortunately, the United States health care system is broken. It's too expensive for insurance to cover HGH treatments, so they've made it extremely difficult for patients to qualify. Metabolic health related to hormone decline with aging is not yet supported by the U.S. health care system. Insurance companies developed more on serving acute injuries, such as serving the needs of patients suffering from acute injury either by accident or a chronic condition. Insurance companies are less enthusiastic about metabolic wellness related to hormone decline, insulin resistance, and obesity. This leads to accelerated age-related chronic diseases like heart attacks, cancers, diabetes, and strokes. To a large degree, it is the primary reason health care expenditures amount to over 17% of the US GDP. We operate very openly on the internet and through promotional material like print media. We've advertised in Airline Flight Magazines, major Newspapers and on Television. We've been caring and treating medical tourists since 2013 from all over the United States and Canada. We only prescribe the same FDA approved pharmaceutical HGH brands that you find in the United States. The only difference is the USA must pay 2 or 3 times the price. Why? Because of big pharma's global pricing models and the problematic insurance model which exists in the United States. Both Republicans and Democrats have demonized big pharma for its inflated pricing, but nothing ever seems to get resolved.  Recently, some states have begun to take action. Utah recently passed "Right to Shop" legislation which allows its public employees to buy legally lower-cost prescription medications in Tijuana Mexico. Click the link. It is widely reported in some of the press. Other states are looking at similar legislation: . Mexico has very good control of their legal prescription drug programs.  We work closely with only the leading pharmaceutical companies. The process has a complete and safe chain of custody when it comes to name-brand prescription pharmaceuticals. 

According to the Norditropin website, all Norditropin products must be refrigerated (36°F to 46°F) prior to first use.

Do not freeze and avoid direct light.

After the first injection, the pens can either be stored outside of the refrigerator (up to 77°F) for use for 21 days.

If stored in the refrigerator after first use the Norditropen HGH pen will last for 4 weeks. The temperature range should be between 36°F and 46°F.

Never place your pens in a freezer.

No, it is not illegal to use human growth hormone with your doctor's prescription. HGH is an approved medication for certain medical conditions such as an HGH deficiency. It must be prescribed by your doctor. Border patrol, as well as the FDA, require international travelers to carry their doctor's prescription and keep the medication in its original packaging.
HGH begins working almost immediately. Most long-term improvements are seen within 3-6 months. Men given HGH from ages 61-81 were given HGH over a 6 month period. At the end of the six months, they had approximately 15% body fat loss, an 8.8% increase in lean muscle mass, and an increase in bone mineral density.
Most adults on our program range between 1-2 IU between 3-5 days per week. Common protocols call for one daily injection each evening 5-days per week. However, some research shows similar benefits may be achieved from a less frequent dosing schedule of only 3 days per week. Most adults on HGH replacement therapy will settle in between 1 and 2 IUs for each injection. HGH is further enhanced by following an intermittent fasting protocol. And for those who may be overweight and have some degree of insulin resistance, metformin may be prescribed. Berberine is also a good over-the-counter substitute. Most individuals on a 3-day injection dose will see a slower degree of fat loss. But when combined with intermittent fasting, metformin, and/or berberine, results on fat loss will accelerate in most individuals.
A one month supply of prescription HGH in Costa Rica will cost approximately $550 USD per month for Norditropin Growth Hormone.
HGH in the United States generally is three times the amount in Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. Typical price for one month's supply of HGH at a U.S. pharmacy is approximately $1,250 USD. Only name-brand (non-generic) versions of growth hormone are legal. Name-brand prescription medications are generally always 3 times more than in other countries because of the retail price set by large pharmaceutical companies and middle men known as Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs). See our video at the top of this page.
Yes. As long as you have a prescription. If you are traveling internationally you will want a letter from the doctor. We have all of the legal paperwork from the major manufacturers so if TSA or US Border Patrol is concerned, you can show them the information. Keep in mind, according to the Center for Disease Control, most adults over 40 years of age are on 2 or more prescription medications. International travel would cease to function if you were not afforded the basic human right of crossing borders with your prescribed medications. Always carry your prescription and your letter from the doctor to avoid confusing border professionals and TSA.
No. HGH is not an anti-aging medication. What HGH does is it supports the growth pathways in support of normal energy metabolism. Growth hormone works closely with the regenerative growth cycle of your body. However, it is now much more understood that this energy state is not ideal 100% of the time. In order for patients to see the best benefits related to anti-aging at the cellular level, they need to understand what the research on longevity and aging shows. The body operates best with it goes through natural anabolism and catabolic states (i.e., feast and famine). This reproduces a growth, cleanse phase at the cellular level. HGH used in combination with metformin, and DHEA, did show an age reversal in epigenetic markers. The research was published in 2019. It is linked to on this web page. However, we think this study can be improved upon by mimicking some of the new research by Dr. Sinclair of Harvard and Dr. Valter Longo of USC. They both promote the benefits of triggering mechanisms that influence AMPK and mTOR. To key elements of the longevity pathways. They do this with time restricted feeding and in some instances metformin.
Currently nearly 590,000 Americans die each year from some form of cancer. What doesn't give you cancer? Probably one of the most associated element we would guess is related to cancer is poor energy metabolism. One of the major reasons HGH is criticized for potentially promoting cancer in adults is that it increases IGF-1. Elevated IGF-1 is often associated with those with cancer. It's an insulin like growth factor, so for a tumor, it is simply assumed its going to feed growth. To some extent, we agree. In an overfed, processed-food rich lifestyle, with poor glucose regulation, we think it is a reasonable fear people should have. But with that said, if you follow the recent works of researchers into aging and longevity like Dr. David Sinclair and Dr. Valter Longo, you learn that we need to be attentive to the AMPK/mTOR pathway. If you go to our Metfomin Blog page, you can learn a little about this pathway as well as how metformin is being studied as an anti-aging drug because of its ability to regulate this pathway for those eating and living the standard American lifestyle. Our goal is to help you understand as best you can what modern science is saying about this and its role in cancer. We are no longer living in the 1990s and this information is much better understood than ever before. With that said, we recognize there is much more research required to draw any conclusions. What we can say is that cancer is a big problem in the world, especially the United States. Those who are in better shape, have a better body composition, and have excellent blood markers are less likely to get cancer. Our role as a medical treatment center is to help you achieve this goal. We want to see your risk factors for all these age-related metabolic diseases decline.

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