Type 2 diabetes and human growth hormone levels, or HGH, is something we honestly don’t know a whole lot about, although what we do know does reveal some extremely interesting possibilities in our quest to both better manage type 2 diabetes and one’s overall health.
I was reading a very good article the other day by Dr. Mike Carragher on ways to naturally increase HGH, and his insights about this really impressed me, not just in terms of his knowledge of supplements but in his understanding of how low HGH affects us generally.
One of his recommendations was to avoid sugar intake after a workout because sugar causes excess insulin, and excess insulin lowers HGH, and we can throw in the fact that many people have both excess insulin and low levels of HGH.
So to those who don’t know much about how people’s insulin levels usually run, they might think, well yeah let’s not eat sugar after workouts, but this is a far bigger deal when you consider that about three quarters of the population these days suffer from chronic high insulin levels.
This is especially the case with type 2 diabetics by the way, and the majority of us have way too high levels of insulin. High insulin itself causes insulin resistance, and when this gets bad enough then one’s blood sugar can no longer be well controlled by these higher insulin levels, and glucose intolerance begins.
Over time, this glucose intolerance worsens, and one’s blood sugar rises to the point where one becomes pre diabetic, then diabetic, and on upward to various degrees of affliction as one’s blood sugar continues to rise.
All the while though, insulin levels tend to remain several times higher than normal, and although some call this a relative insulin deficiency, meaning more than this is required to maintain normal blood sugar, that’s not a deficiency at all, it is more like a tolerance.
So for instance if someone needed higher and higher amounts of heroin to get high, we wouldn’t really want to say that they have a relative heroin deficiency, but calling this a relative insulin deficiency makes about as much sense, especially since it is this excess insulin that has done us in in the first place, and continues to do so, mostly by way of its increasing our insulin resistance.
Insulin and human growth horomone levels are opposing, meaning that excess insulin will reduce HGH levels, and low HGH levels can also increase insulin levels, and it does this by worsening insulin resistance where more insulin is now required.
In the end though, if something increases insulin resistance, as low HGH clearly does, and one has the disease of too much insulin resistance causing high blood sugar, which is what type 2 diabetes is in fact, then HGH levels are going to matter, and we need to be paying attention to this for sure.
The question becomes though, what sort of magnitude of effect are we talking about here? Well this depends on how low one’s HGH levels are and how bad one’s diabetes is, but we know that this certainly does influence things, and some things that bring HGH levels back up to normal have been shown to lower blood sugar and insulin resistance.
The relationship between type 2 diabetes and HGH levels is actually pretty complicated, and I do want to talk more about this, and I have mentioned this in previous articles as well, but the goal of this particular post is to just provide an overview of why this is a big deal and may be an even bigger deal than we may have ever imagined.
HGH levels naturally decline as one ages, and then when we throw in the hyperinsulinemia craze that we’ve seen lately, where this disease is now of epic proportions, with most of us now overweight now as well as a result of this, as well as being affected by other metabolic disorders that are caused by high insulin levels, well HGH deficiency doesn’t even really get mentioned here but perhaps it should.
What is most interesting about HGH is that it promotes gluconeogenesis, the conversion of non glucose sources into glucose by the liver, and type 2 diabetics suffer from way too much of this, in fact this is the biggest reason by far that our blood sugar runs too high, because too much glucose is being pumped into our blood by the liver.
So if something causes this, we would think that we would want less of it, not more. If this stuff puts blood sugar up, and ours is too high, wouldn’t it be a good thing to be low on? Well we certainly wouldn’t want an excess of this, that’s for sure, a normal amount doesn’t put up blood sugar too much though, by itself, but among the problems with a deficient amount is that the damage caused by the increased insulin resistance that develops in this state causes our blood sugar to go up more than it goes down from less HGH.
So what we’re after here is normal levels of HGH, too much will put our blood sugar up too much by causing excess gluconeogenesis directly, but excess gluconeogenesis is mostly a product of insulin resistance, and therefore a deficiency of HGH will cause insulin resistance to rise and excess gluconeogenesis from that.
Has normalizing HGH levels been shown to improve glucose metabolism and type 2 diabetes or is this just conjecture at this point? Well you may have not heard of these trials but a lot goes on behind the scenes that most people aren’t aware of, and diabetics certainly aren’t up on the science of their disease, and their medical doctors aren’t either, their knowledge is pretty much limited to what the drug companies tell them, which is which of their drugs to prescribe to whom, with the goal being to drive sales.
So we have given people excessive amounts of HGH in trials and seen their insulin resistance worsen, and have this return to normal within 6 months of stopping the treatment. We’ve also studied patients who have low levels of HGH and restored them and have noticed improvements in insulin sensitivity.
So there is a lot of promise here and normalizing one’s HGH levels does not mean that injections of the hormone need to be used, as there are several ways to do this naturally, including things like taking the amino acid arginine, which has other anti-diabetic properties as well.
There are some other things you can take as well but arginine is certainly one of the best ways to do this, and it also has the benefits of increasing blood flow, something that a lot of diabetics have issues with, and low HGH itself causes this, in addition to a number of other things, like fatigue, anxiety, male baldness, decrease in sexual function and interest, difficulty in concentrating, poor memory, increased abdominal fat, increased triglycerides, and so on.
Some of these effects are from elevated insulin actually, and others are symptoms of insulin resistance, and insulin resistance and excess and HGH deficiency are very linked, to such a degree that it is amazing that we don’t pay more attention to this link. No one really cares about either our insulin levels nor our HGH levels though, or our hormone levels generally, even when they are looking to increase our insulin levels, they don’t even bother to monitor them.
Hormonal balance is the ticket to successfully managing both diabetes and one’s health in general though, and this is not something that can just be ignored if we want to succeed. If success is measured by total expenditures on a disease though, and sadly it pretty much is, then perhaps the current strategy of ignoring hormone levels is pretty successful indeed.