Aging seems to creep up on us out of nowhere. There comes a certain age when we all start to feel old. Many people look for ways to make themselves look younger and more attractive. In the search for the anti aging cure people come across Hormone Replacement Therapy. This anti aging method is one of the top choices to look younger and feel younger as well, but is it safe, is it effective? These are questions that should interest us all.
Hormone Replacement Therapy is different for men and women. When a woman is seeking this treatment her levels of progesterone and estrogen are replenished. These are the female hormones that seem to decrease with age. This treatment was originally used to relieve symptoms of menopause and to treat younger women who had early menopause. The symptoms that were being treated include hot flashes, dryness in the vaginal area, night sweats, and signs of osteoporosis. While these symptoms were being treated, the women noticed improvements in both the way they looked and felt, so they often wanted to continue taking HRT because of the anti aging effects.
In men, Hormone Replacement Therapy is used to give them additional testosterone that they may be losing. Testosterone is the male hormone and it also decreases as a male ages. It is said to help them keep on feeling like “a real man” and also to strengthen their muscle mass, increase the density of the bones and replenish hematocrit levels.
HRT is particularly popular with women, partly because it relieves menopausal symptoms which can be distressing, and partly because so many women are in a never ending quest to look and feel young once again. Many women reported feeling improvement in their mood, improved concentration levels, improve memory, and have even gotten their sexual desires back. However, it can have side effects.
This anti aging therapy can also help the skin look younger. It does this by helping to increase the elasticity of the skin. This gets lost over the years once the collagen levels start to decrease, and skin becomes wrinkled and dry. That’s why younger people barely need to look after their skin, while older skin care is real important to a person’s appearance. In women who have hormone replacement therapy, the skin and the muscles both tend to become firmer and more youthful looking.
Both Human Growth Hormone and Dehydroepiandrosterone also known as DHEA are used to fight the signs of aging. These are another form of hormone replacement therapy.
Human growth hormone (HGH), also known as somatotropin or somatropin, is a peptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction and regeneration in humans. We all have HGH but the levels of it drop off as we grow older. Children have massive amounts, to stimulate all the growth that they need to do. Adults need less but it’s still important to have some, because our cells are dying off and need to be replaced continually.
However, growth hormone can have significant side effects. So, while it’s not illegal, it is not generally prescribed except in cases where a person is deficient in it, i.e. has less than the amount they need.
The effects of HRT will vary from person to person. Not everyone is the same and the results may be different. Note also that HRT can be risky.