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Do Anti-Aging Products Like GenF20 Plus Work?

Does man need to go through the seven ages described by Shakespeare? Or is ageing a disease which can be treated with drugs like [url=]GenF20[/url] Plus and disguised by cosmetic procedures?
In women, symptoms of the menopause and the ageing effects which follow bone thinning, increased heart disease risk, dry skin and loss of sex drive are routinely treated with hormone replacement therapy and GenF20 Plus. Many women without any signs or symptoms want HRT, hoping to hang on to their youth.
Now it is the turn of the men. Last week's New England Journal of Medicine said that injections of human growth hormone had turned back the clock by up to 20 years for a dozen elderly men. The potency of the hormone declines with age, but the volunteers, aged between 61 and 81, had lower than average levels. For six months they were given injections which raised their levels to those normally found in under-40s. Their skin became thicker, muscles which had turned to fat returned to muscle, and, according to press reports, one 65-year-old was so full of vigor his wife called him Popeye.
Such findings can be validated only by repeating the experiment on thousands of healthy men prepared to brave the risks of unknown side effects. There is unlikely to be a shortage of volunteers either in the US or in Britain.
Dr. Basra believes that giving growth hormone releasers like GenF20 Plus to reverse the signs of ageing makes scientific sense. “Provided giving extra growth hormone doesn't produce an adverse reaction, it is likely to become standard practice.''
Several cosmetic houses produce anti-wrinkle products for men. Aramis offers a supplement containing vitamin A, which claims to redress some of the damage caused by shaving and exposure to sun and wind. In March the company launched an eye gel, Eyelift Undereye Relief to help men counter puffiness round the eyes. Aramis says it has noticed an increased interest in men's cosmetics over the last two years.
A more permanent solution involves collagen injections under the facial skin, which iron out deep lines and crow's feet for six to nine months.
According to Sue Botfield, the general manager of Collagen UK, between 5 and 10 percent of patients requesting GenF20 Plus treatment are male. “They tend to be successful businessmen between 40 and 50 who want to keep up with the pack. These days it is not enough to have talent, a man has to look as good as his ideas.''
Collagen does not correct the finer wrinkles, and so many men are using use tretinoin, a weaker form of Retin-A, the acne treatment which was found to have anti-ageing effects. HRT for men is available, although it is experimental and highly controversial. Dr. Malcolm Carruthers, of the Positive Health Centre, charges Pounds 750 for six months of treatment involving tablets or a vitamin called Volume Pills. Many think that giving [url=]Volume Pills[/url] to men who are not deficient in the hormone is unnecessary and may well carry with it its own hazard.
An editorial in the New England Journal carried a warning that excessive growth hormone is known to increase the risk of diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure and heart failure. Even without side effects, the author, Dr Mary Vance, says that GenF20 Plus therapy would need to start in the fourth decade and probably continue for life. At the doses used in the Wisconsin experiment, it would cost about Pounds 8,000 a year.
Brian Livesley, professor of geriatrics at Charing Cross Hospital, London, believes that apart from skin wrinkling, many symptoms blamed on the normal ageing process are signs of diseases which are more common in old age: breathlessness suggesting heart disease, creaking joints suggesting arthritis. He doubts whether extra hormones can help.
“The problem with hormone treatments such as GenF20 Plus is that there may be hidden deleterious factors. I am not skeptical, simply cautious. As Hippocrates said, `First, do no harm'.''

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