HGH May Help Speed Stroke Recovery
An international brain conference in Melbourne, Australia presented research from New Zealand in which lab rodents that had sustained a CVA (stroke) were injected with HGH. These rodents completely recovered their movement within only seven days!
Human growth hormone has been in the news much lately; with some praising the many benefits of HGH while others condemn any type of therapy related to restoring this hormone that decreases with age.
The research done by Arjan Scheepens, Praneeti Pathipati and colleagues at the University of Auckland provides even more evidence of the importance of human growth hormone to the body and brings to light more potential benefits of HGH therapy.
Research has shown that human growth hormone often appears in the brain as part of a self-protective mechanism after an injury such as stroke so the researchers injected the rat's brains with HGH beginning on the fourth day after the stroke and continued the treatment for six weeks.
Dr Scheepens noted:
"The rats regained 100% of their motor skills within seven days, much faster than untreated animals, and their memory functions improved as well."
"Because people have been using HGH for 50 years its pharmacological safety is well known, so we think clinical trials on humans could start pretty much straight away."
Dr Scheepens said the research had enormous potential:
"The most exciting aspect of our breakthrough is that it shows a positive effect when the growth hormone is given at a point in time much later than those first hours. The rats received injections four days after the stroke, and there was significant improvement."
New research also reveals the treatment could enhance the recovery of people who sustain brain trauma, including newborn babies whose brains are injured because of oxygen deprivation.
Human Growth Hormone as Anti-Aging Therapy
Dr. Scheepens mentioned that HGH therapy is now being promoted as an anti-aging (rejuvenation) therapy; an industry that has been viewed with skepticism by some doctors and scientists.
He said that the traditional opinion that the brain does not have the capacity to regenerate itself has been debunked.
"In the last 10 years the neuroscience world has accepted that you do make new neurons throughout your life, and that is particularly important for memory and cognition. Neurogenesis is an established fact."
This research done by Dr. Scheepens and colleagues supports the fact that human growth hormone can bring about neuron regeneration, which is in line with the beliefs of anti-aging medicine. However, the regeneration and healing of neurons in the brain is only one of many areas we believe can be positively affected by human growth hormone.