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CHANGES WITH AGING: ENDOCRINE SYSTEM

 

The endocrine system consists of several glands and organs that produce hormones, which act as messengers to help regulate and coordinate activities throughout the body. The levels and activity of some hormones decrease with age. In particular, the level of HGH, the growth hormone decreases, causing a decrease in muscle mass. The level of aldosterone, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, also decreases contributing to the tendency of older people to become dehydrated more easily.


Most hormonal changes do not affect how the body functions. However, during certain circumstances, the body's functions may be affected. For example, the pancreas is not as effective in managing insulin levels, especially after large meals. This change may have no noticeable effect, but can be an early warning of diabetes.

 

Hormone Changes

  • Ages 25 to 35 - Most hormone levels start to decrease. Growth Hormone [HGH] level falls approximately 14% by age 35.

  • Ages 35 to 45 - By age 45, production of many hormones has fallen by more than 25%, and biomarkers are beginning to show signs of aging.
  • Ages 45 and Above - Most hormone production continues to decline, including DHEA, Melatonin, Growth Hormone[HGH], and male and female sexual hormones. The rate of decline accelerates as we get older until around age 70.

Human Growth Hormone supplements are seen by many as a way to counter the bodies own natural decline. Some products attempt to replace the hormone itself, whilst most act as pre-cursors to stimulate the bodies own production of HGH.

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