At What Age Should You Start Hormone Replacement Therapy?

hello YouTube Sam Ridgeway here with
live like a Viking calm and Chris my IT
girl she comes to me with some very
interesting information it seems that
almost 50% of the subscribers of this
channel are between the ages of 35 and
44 so why is that significant well
because it shows a proactive interest in
half of our subscribers and a reactive
interest in roughly the other 50% so
what do I mean by that I’m saying half
of all of our subscribers are interested
in what they could do to proactively
slow down the aging process before it
becomes noticeable they want to know at
what age should they start worrying
about this hormone replacement therapy
stuff so I feel like I have an answer
and on this channel we answer questions
through science research and logic first
let’s talk about HGH in the 1970s
medical researchers had hopes that HGH
might be kind of a youth serum it was
explored as a treatment for weakness low
energy and depression in the elderly and
it worked it was found that I GF would
combats loss of muscle mass and old age
by promoting new tissue growth retarding
apoptosis and apoptosis is when your
cell commits suicide happens all the
it could be pre programmed cell death or
it can be generated out of necessity
like what a cell see something’s going
terribly wrong with it
so basically implode send out a distress
signal and the cleanup crew shows up to
clear the scene as you can imagine this
is the very process that protects us
against infection cancer but can also
start killing healthy cells when we’re
older so higher igf-1 level can prevent
this process from happening to healthy
cells as we age
igf-1 promotes new nerve growth in the
brain and linked to better cognitive
performance as well as subjective
feelings of youth and well-being now
I’ve been throwing around igf-1 as a
term and I haven’t even explained yet so
for simplistic purposes it’s like the
unit of measurement showing how much
human growth hormones in your body so
the igf-1 I’m talking about the level of
HGH you have in your system it’s not a
perfect indicator but it’s about as
close to get without expensive lab
testing procedures so higher igf-1
protects the brain from aging reduce the
risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s and it
prevents osteoporosis now to be fair
lower igf-1 levels seem to extend
longevity in human beings so you tend to
live longer with lower igf-1 levels to a
certain point of course higher igf-1
levels exacerbate the growth the growth
of cancer cells now it’s very inclusive
that higher igf-1 levels can cause
cancer but if you get cancer by a
different means it can make those rogue
cells grow faster it should also be
mentioned that the FDA does not
acknowledge HGH as a solution to the
aging process in fact technically
clinics that handle HGH for anti-aging
purposes are doing so illegally I can
personally tell you that’s bullshit HGH
certainly does slow down the aging
process but the logical question with
all this information is what kind of
quality of life are we talking about if
higher igf-1 levels keep your brain from
aging reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s
prevent osteoporosis then load igf-1
would put you at risk for these
conditions and who cares if you live to
your 110 if you can’t remember the last
30 years of your life if you can’t walk
from your couch to the kitchen because
your bones are so fragile if you have to
have somebody wipe your ass every day is
that really living or is that just
merely existing so let’s find out what
the optimal age is to start thinking
about supplementing with HGH okay so
let’s look at the growth hormone decline
chart now as you can see when you’re
born your way up here okay and then as
you age 10 20 30 40 when you get to be
about 40 years old that’s when you see
this red control line right here this
one that’s what you see you start
dipping below it right here right before
the age of 40 so given that fact on the
growth form
decline chart the time that you should
start thinking about HGH or at least
looking at your values would be right in
this area in the 40s now on the
testosterone testosterone is responsible
for a high sex drive the ability to
actually perform sexually a higher
metabolism more muscle less body fat the
strength and density your bones is
higher your mental well-being is better
you’re less likely to be depressed you
have fewer mood swings more energy to
complete daily tasks in our testosterone
levels as a species have been declining
over the last thirty years or so and
nobody has a definitive answer as to why
some attributed to lower levels of
physical activity or higher instances of
obesity sharp decline in smoking and yes
smoking increases your testosterone
levels now it obviously kill you in
other ways so it’s stupid and that’s
coming from somebody who smoked from the
age of about 18 to the age of 48 I
smoked almost two packs a day for at
least 20 years so I’m assuming at some
point in time I’m gonna have to pay the
piper for my addition addiction to
smoking but anybody out there is still
smoking just stop it’s expensive it’s
unhealthy they’re literally stinks and
no chicks do not dig it okay so this is
on the free and available testosterone
levels in males so we’re gonna see here
is we’re gonna see that from 1987
through 1989 in the forty five to
seventy one-year-old category the
testosterone was 501 and the available
testosterone two hundred and thirty
seven and then we go to 1995 to 1997
from the 50 to 80 year olds it starts
declining so from 87 to 89 is number one
and then you come 95 to 97 you go down
to 435 and 188 and then you go a few
years later to 2002 to 2005 from the 50
seven-year-olds to the eight-year-olds
and you see you go for 391 to 130 so
again as a species our testosterone
levels are slowly declining now let’s
take a look at testosterone production
in the same manner that we looked at
igf-1 okay so if this is the spectrum
from being 20 years old to 80 years old
and we see the decline in testosterone
as you go 20 to 30 40 50 60 70 to 80
when you go around I’m looking probably
right in this area here between 40 and
50 so I’m gonna have to go with 45 I
mean if you look at 50 you have
basically half the testosterone left in
you as you had at 20 and and if that’s
the way that it is or that’s the way you
have to say that it is okay that’s fine
but that isn’t the way it has to be you
don’t have to be okay with that there’s
no reason for that
you can supplement with exogenous
testosterone and you can get your levels
in your 50s that you had in your 20s
again it’s not super physiological it’s
what you had in your 20s you just happen
to have it in your 50s for me personally
I’d start worrying about low
testosterone it about 45 years old now
that doesn’t mean you have low
testosterone just means you should get
tested if you’re in your mid-40s and you
have symptoms of low T so in conclusion
it looks like testosterone should start
being monitored around age 45 and that’s
just an approximation your mileage may
vary but we have to play with averages
if you want to establish guidelines now
circling back to HGH though when you’re
40 is when it seems what you’ll want to
start monitoring igf-1 levels and though
there’s a logical question of if I
supplement with HGH at maybe age 35 or
so would that be similar to when women
get Botox in their 20s do you wait for
wrinkles to get Botox or do you prevent
wrinkles by not letting wrinkles happen
in the first place I agree that’s a
judgment call and I can see both sides
of the argument
so if I had to definitively answer the
question I posed at the beginning of
this video the question being at what
age should you start hormone replacement
I’d have to say 45 years old for
testosterone and 40 years old for HGH
questions comments concerns put them
below and remember you’re never too old
to live like a Viking until next time
peace out

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