CAN ADULTS GROW TALLER WITH HGH THERAPY?
HGH Therapy is the replacement of human growth hormone into the body when the production of this hormone begins to slow or stop altogether. It seems to be a reoccurring theme where adult patient ask if human growth hormone therapy can help them grow taller. This theme comes up again and again because the FDA, as well as many physicians, have used Pediatric HGH therapy to help children grow taller that have growth deficiency. With that in mind, many adults ask, if it works for children why won’t it work for me? The answer resides in our bones.
When we are in our adolescent years our bones grow by the signal of HGH and a secondary hormone product known as IGF-1. When HGH reaches a region at the ends of the long bones called growth plates or epiphyseal plates it stimulates new layers of bone to be added. When Layer after layer is put down our bones are lengthened which increases overall height. This is the exact mechanism that allows children to grow. With that stated if we add additional HGH to a child that is under developing it will help them grow to a normal height. But why can we not do this for adults wanting to gain height?
Adults that want to gain height cannot use Adult HGH Therapy in Hollywood to help stimulate their bones to lengthen. This is due to the fact that after puberty our growth plates begin to fuse with the bones they are associated with. When this fusion takes place there is no place for human growth hormone to stimulate new bone to be added. At this point in time, when the growth plates are closed, HGH therapy will not increase height. This typically is seen around the age of 18 when growth plate fusion is occurring or has finished.
For a young adult, roughly at the age of 18-24, there is still a slight chance their growth plates will be open. Premature birth or slow aging can lead to slowly developing bones. This slower than normal development will leave the growth plates unable to fuse for a longer period of time and allowing height to be achieved. A simple test can be done to see if the growth plates are still open called a bone age test. This is a simple x-ray of the wrists that will visually show the growth plates fused or unfused. But for the majority of cases after our adolescent years, an adult patient will not be able to use Pediatric HGH Therapy for height achievement. However, there are many benefits HGH therapy has for the adult population and those benefits should be explored.
For more information, regarding Hormone Therapy in Los Angeles check out this video below with Dr. Alex Martin.
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