Having HGH Deficiency and how to naturally help.
These are the symptoms according to cedars-sinai website.
- A higher level of body fat, especially around the waist
- Anxiety and depression
- Decreased sexual function and interest
- Feelings of being isolated from other people
- Greater sensitivity to heat and coldLess muscle (lean body mass)Less strength, stamina and ability to exercise without taking a rest
- Reduced bone density and a tendency to have more bone fractures as they get older
- Changes in the make up of the blood cholesterol.
The onset of symptoms
The experience of having this deficiency is uncomfortable to say the least. The way I discovered that I had this hormone problem was a little jarring. When I graduated in June of 2011 from college I wasn’t super thin but I was a comfortable curvy. My health seemed to be okay. I have had issues before but I felt like I was getting a hold of it. My sister’s wedding was at the end of August and I was a bridesmaid so at graduation she brought down the dress for me to try on. I lived a thousand miles away so it was easier to have me try it on then to see if we needed alterations. When I put on the dress it was huge especially around the breast and belly area so we knew that when I went home for the wedding I would need serious alterations. Plus I have to say that having someone say “whoa that is way too big on you!” was an ego boost. It felt nice to say least.
Since it was summer in southern California and I had a wedding to prepare for I enlisted a college of mine friend to workout with me so we could both tone up and keep each other accountable. We weren’t perfect but we went to the gym at least three to four days a week together and then a day or two alone. I ate pretty healthy and even went to a doctor to help me put together a mean plan. In the two months from graduation to the time I went home for the wedding and tried the same dress on again I had gained over twenty pounds. I couldn’t believe it. I worked so hard and now that dress that was so huge barely fit me. Needless to say I was confused as to how this happened. I was embarrassed that I thought I did so well and was so very wrong.
Over the next year I gained another ninety pounds. I was exhausted all of the time and the aches and pains in my joints were almost unbearable. It got harder and harder to workout so I just stuck to walking everywhere. No matter what I did though, I only gained at a scary rate. I felt so run down that I was unable to work to support myself and was forced to home back home with my parents. I was humiliated.
Finding a solution
When I got back to Washington I went up to Seattle and saw numerous doctors and eventually found a specialist in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. After many blood, urine, and spit tests I found out that I had a Human Growth Hormone Deficiency. I started taking daily injections of Genotropin which is a synthetic HGH brand. It helps but I still, three years in, don’t feel like a normal young woman. I get tired faster and have a very hard time with physical activity. I have settle in weighing at around 280lbs which as you can imagine is not my ideal. I do manage to lose a few pounds here and there but somehow gain it back. I worry all the time that I will develop diabetes or heart problems because of body not being at a good weight. Luckily so far my heart, blood sugars, and cholesterol are all great and because I am so aware of the risks that come with the side effects of a hormone imbalance I do take very good care of myself.
Acceptance and moving forward
I focus mostly on nutrition and fitness rather than what I look like because I don’t have much control of that right now. Having this obstacle is tough but its better to pay more attention to the things I can do to keep myself in good health. My doctor even said because I am doing well with everything else that my weight doesn’t bother her. I would love to be a nice 135lbs but learning to love my body is apart of this journey. Its important to me that I lean towards the positive and help others to see the good side of being healthy thats not just the obvious. You can find so many fun recipes that are healthy and discover new tastes that you wouldn’t have tried. I have some recipes that I will post in another blog that I love and are clean and taste good as well. The best part of this health issue of mine is that I am more health conscious and take better care of my body than I would have otherwise.
One of the best ways to keep heart healthy is HIIT (high intensity interval training). I have found a great workout equation for this. Its called “Tabata training” which was developed by a Japanese scientist named Dr. Izumi Tabata. Basically you do an intense activity for twenty seconds and then rest for ten seconds. The great part about tabata training is that you can do any intense training. I use fast walking and a mini trampoline for a cardio aspect and then do smaller exercises every other twenty second interval. Its still training properly but its also something that isn’t too hard on my body. You can even do different ones everyday to keep things exciting.
Ways to naturally boost HGH
1 Take supplements like:
2 You can eat a very clean whole foods diet and avoid sugar.
3 Getting good sleep is a big one.
4 HIIT training at least four times per week
5 A great app for this is 7 minute workout
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