Sermorelin, medically termed as growth hormone releasing factor 1–29 NH2-acetate, is a bio-identical human growth hormone that has been genetically engineered to trigger the production of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) coming from the hypothalamus, a gland next to the pituitary gland.
GHRH is a type of peptide containing 29 amino acids present on our own growth hormone. These amino acids are the active ones of GHRH. GHRH stimulates the pituitary gland to release growth hormones. As we age, the hormones secreted by the pituitary gland become depleted. Studies have shown the Sermorelin can restore the growth hormone to a youthful level by elevating the levels of IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor 1).
Sermorelin offers a handful of benefits. Patients can expect to notice:
Sermorelin comes in an injectable vial, often in multi-dosage. Each vial contains 15 mg of lyophilized Sermorelin acetate. It is vacuum sealed to protect and preserve the hormone peptide. Every vital also comes with a diluent – a bottle of Bacteriostatic water.
Sermorelin is administered via subcutaneous injection using a fine needle similar to the one used for insulin among diabetics. The frequency is usually daily and is reduced over time.
The best time to administer Sermorelin is before bedtime. Growth hormone is usually released while asleep. During this time, it is highly beneficial for the body’s repair and recovery. Sermorelin has also a sleep-promoting effect and so, it can make you feel sleepy if administered during the day.
Both IGF-1 and HGH are secreted in a pulsatile nature, rather than constant. As such, a random blood analysis isn’t enough to achieve precise measurement. Physicians who prescribe Sermorelin and other similar peptides determine the effectiveness of the medication through symptomology or the study of the symptoms to check the benefits, blood analysis and physical appearance.
You’ll notice that it’s working if you experienced an improved sleep after several weeks of therapy. But this can only be noticed by those who have difficulty sleeping, however, most patients reported an improvement in sleep quality. It is usually accompanied with an improved mood and increase in energy level.
After 3 to 6 months of therapy, patient start to report significant changes in the body such as a leaner physique and increase in muscle mass. Later on, they will also notice a huge improvement in their overall health.
Similar to most human growth hormone medications, Sermorelin often has a ‘loading’ period between 3 and 6 months before you notice the full effects. When injected, Sermorelin is eliminated from the system rapidly and must be injected frequently. Its mechanism of action relies on a chain reaction of biological processes that result in increased growth factors and HGH. It will take some time for the levels to be optimal and achieve the benefits.
The answer is no. Sermorelin has an active sustaining effect where the optical HGH level keeps after the last injection. Similar to synthetic HGH, Sermorelin should be injected daily but once the optimal levels are achieved, the frequencies of the injection can be reduced or stopped. When the results are achieved, the patient can shift to a maintenance protocol where the need for daily injections is eliminated.
Lipodystrophy is a condition characterized by abnormal accumulation of adipose tissue or body fat in certain areas of the body, usually at the legs, stomach, lower back and hips. Lipodystrophy is similar to the increase of body fat occurring as we age. A study on the effects of GHRH on HIV-positive men experiencing lipodystrophy has been published in 2011.
Results of the study showed that patients given with GHRH lost body fat and increased muscle mass, which significantly improved total body composition. The study concluded that GHRH was well tolerated by the patients and effectively increase IGF-1 level in HIV patients with lipodystrophy. The use of Sermorelin may potentially be beneficial for this population.
In Santa Monica, Ca, Dr. Rand McClain has found that patients experienced marked adipose tissue loss upon using Sermorelin. Many athletes have used Sermorelin and other peptides to reduce body fat and increase lean muscle. Additionally, Sermorelin plays a huge role in exercise recovery.
Patients taking human growth hormone may actually shorten your lifespan, which totally conflicting to how it’s supposed to promote – anti-aging. Synthetic HGH is believed to bypass the pituitary axis going straight to the liver. This results to an increase of IGF-1 for an extended period of time. Persistent elevation of IGF-1 is harmful to health, and may lead to disease.
Many credit the beneficial effects of HGH to the mechanism of IGF-1 but this isn’t true. Studies revealed that the ideal environment for promoting positive health and enhancing longevity is to have high levels of naturally-produced growth hormone as well as growth hormone reserves and pulsing IGF-1. A pulsing IGF-1 means that the level fluctuates throughout the day with levels having high peaks and low valleys. Because IGF-1 is a highly powerful factor, it is so important that the level is maintained at all times, using only IGF-1 when necessary. Additionally, it was recently discovered in a clinical observation that some effects falsely associated to IGF-1 such as gain of lean muscle and extreme fat loss are actually the result of increase in endogenous growth hormone and not the IGF-1.
The use of Sermorelin acetate promote longevity by increasing the production of human growth hormone and promoting pituitary reserves of HGH. Sermorelin doesn’t bypass the pituitary-GH axis and as such, providing better control of IGF-1 level to preserve health.
Being a leading provider of low testosterone therapy solutions, we are always looking for newer ways to improve blood testosterone levels for our patients. We believe on improving testosterone levels with not only different testosterone treatment options that we offer, but also with diet, exercise, and therapeutic methods. Over the years, we have seen that our patients have greatly benefited from our Low-T therapy and treatment solutions, and our network of patients have grown across across all major cities of United States, including: Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Jersey City, and Seattle.
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With all this information on testosterone and the benefits of maintaining proper testosterone levels, you might be wondering about the specific testosterone levels you have seen. What is a normal testosterone levels? How much testosterone are you supposed to have, and how do you find out your current level? Well, it’s a tricky question. Part of the problem is that despite years of efforts and calls for action, hormone testing is still not universally standardized.
There has been positive movement towards a standard set of testing, but we’re not there yet. The other issue is that many doctors don’t agree on just how much testosterone a person, male or female, should have in their bodies. There is a rough “normal range”, but some doctors seem to play a little fast and loose with the low and high ends of the range.
Many doctors and labs don’t take into account factors like age and physical condition, and it means that you might have to do some research on your own or see a specialist to really understand your testosterone situation.
LabCorp uses a Total Testosterone range of 348 – 1197 ng/dl (nanograms per deciliter). According to this reference range, one man with a 355 ng/dl would be considered normal while his neighbor at 345 ng/dl would be considered to have low testosterone and if they were lucky their health insurance would cover Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Also, a neighbour across the street might have a Total Testosterone level of 1150 ng/dl and he would also be considered normal like the man with a 355 ng/dl. Only a few years ago LabCorp and the insurance companies considered 249 the lower end of normal rather than 348.
The biggest problem comes when age is not factored into the analysis and 355 ng/dl is considered normal whether the patient was 20, 40, 60 or 80?! It also does not matter if the patient was obese, super fit, thin, had a pituitary gland issue or exhibited any of the symptoms of low testosterone?!?!
This is why having an excellent medical team to assess your blood tests, physical and medical history is critical. We rarely know what our baseline was from age 19 and everyone has their own sweet spot across Testosterone and all of the other hormones.
The fact that reference ranges don’t break patients down by age or health status explains why a 30-year-old man can go to his doctor with all of the symptoms of low T, only to be told that his T levels are fine because they’re within the “normal” range. If you’re 30 (or even 50), but have the same testosterone level as an 80-year-old, diabetic man, your doc may say you’re okay, but you’re still not going to feel good. Plain and simple.
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So, in the interests helping you with of self-directed research, here are average testosterone levels for men up to age 54. The figure to pay attention to here is “Mean Total Test”, which is the average level for men of that age. This data is taken from a 1996 study involving hundreds of participants.
If you have your testosterone levels tested and your levels are approximately at the mean level for your age, then you probably don’t suffer from low testosterone.
Of course, just because you’re not suffering from medically low testosterone doesn’t mean you wouldn’t benefit from more. Those numbers are the average levels only, not the best levels. Research hasn’t determined a hard and fast rule for the optimal levels of testosterone. Some men are fine at the low end of the normal range, while others need to be at the very top to feel their best. What’s normal and what’s optimal?
Anecdotal evidence shows that many men start to feel the effects of low testosterone at the 500 ng/dl mark. Although this shouldn’t be taken as gospel, it does seem that staying above 500 ng/dl is a good idea for most men.
Overly high levels of testosterone typically aren’t something people need to worry about. Although there are detrimental effects to having too much testosterone, such as thick blood and sleep apnea, excess testosterone isn’t a common condition. To be sure, it’s highly unlikely that anyone would reach those levels by following the natural and food-based advice listed here.
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