The Harmful Effects of Medication – Hormone Treatments and “Magic Anti-Aging Pills” May Not Be the Answer to Getting Old

Here at Dr. Life’s office, we have seen countless people seemingly defy the laws of time and return to their more youthful, vibrant selves. We have seen how powerful anti-aging medicine can be when used correctly. Unfortunately, not all anti-aging “miracles” are created equal. In this post we are going to go over the pro’s and con’s of some of the most popular anti-aging techniques available today.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Therapy was once widely used to promote long-term health and treat menopausal symptoms. However, during clinical trials it was shown to negatively impact health in some cases.

According to an article posted by the Mayo Clinic: “Use of hormone therapy changed abruptly when a large clinical trial found that the treatment actually posed more health risks than benefits for one type of hormone therapy, particularly when given to older postmenopausal women. As the concern about health hazards attributed to hormone therapy grew, doctors became less likely to prescribe it.”

Pros

Hormone Replacement Therapy may help prevent:

  • Heart Disease
  • Dementia

Cons

Hormone Replacement Therapy could lead to increased risk of:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Blood Clots

Human Growth Hormone

Human Growth Hormone (or HGH) is one of the most commonly used anti-aging/muscle building “elixirs” out there. It is a protein which is naturally created by your pituitary gland. HGH has a lot to do with growth and physical development. Its production tends to ebb and flow as your body matures, but it tends to taper off as the body gets older.

In an article posted on Occupy Theory: “In about 30% of those who use HGH report side effects of joint pain, swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome, fluid retention, high blood pressure and breast enlargement in men. Any of these side effects can severely affect your day to day activities and should be considered.”

Pros

HGH can be used to:

  • Increase the body’s utilization of fat
  • Increase growth in premature babies
  • Stimulate bone and cartilage development in young children

Cons

In clinical trials of synthetic HGH it:

  • Created negative side-effects in 30% of users (listed above)
  • Did not significantly increase strength or energy (compared to participants who received placebo)
  • Decreased the body’s ability to naturally produce HGH
  • May increase risk of cancer

 Diet, Exercise, and Natural Supplements

Eating healthy, exercising daily, and supplementing with high-quality nutrition products can drastically change the way you age. These factors can even have a positive effect on the way your body produces hormones naturally (including HGH).

With the right guidance, diet and exercise can help mitigate the potential negative effects of your body’s increasing years. All of this with no negative side effects.

Pros

Proper diet and exercise can help:

  • Decrease body fat
  • Increase energy levels
  • Balance naturally occurring hormones in the body
  • Increase vitality and vigor towards life
  • Increase sexual function
  • Maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints
  • Reduce risk of high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Reduce risk of heart disease

Cons

  • It isn’t a “magic” pill or serum

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