Throughout your adult life, you’ve always felt confident and strong. You faced challenges, you kept yourself healthy, you powered through. But now you’re feeling like you’re not quite yourself. You’re tired, out of sorts, and unsettled. It could be that the issues you are facing are related to declining hGH levels. As we age, our levels of hGH decline, leaving us feeling not as young and vibrant as we used to.
Here are 8 signs that your hGH levels could be declining:
1. More wrinkles
If there’s one thing that signals the passage of time more than anything else, it’s changes in our skin’s tone and texture. Do you look in the mirror and not recognize yourself anymore? Do you pass by a reflective window at the mall and wonder who that woman is who is following you? It could be because your skin no longer has the healthful and youthful glow it once had.
2. Thin skin
It’s not just the wrinkles that are troubling. Our skin thins as we age, and this creates a host of issues in addition to wrinkles and sagging. Thin skin is more prone to showing signs of damage from everyday activities. You scratch your arm because it itches, or your dog paws at your arm, and later you see ugly red bruise-like blotches on your skin. When did everyday living cause you to want to use concealer on your arms?
3. Less energy
You’re tired all the time, and it seems like you have no energy. A full day at the office seems like a week (especially if it’s a Monday). When you get home, your husband wants to go out on the town, or your children want you to babysit your grandkids – and you just can’t face it. It seems like too much to handle after an already full day.
4. Trouble with weight
You eat the same amount of food you always did, and you do your best to stay active. But the weight is accumulating more than it used to – especially around your middle. When did your jeans become this tight? Do you have to lie on the bed to zip them up? Are you going to have to buy mom jeans? Please, not that!
5. Cognitive issues
You make plans to meet your best friend at the restaurant at 1, but you show up at noon and wonder where she is. You promise your boss you’ll have that report done by Friday, but Friday comes and you wonder what report she is talking about. Yeah, it happens. Brain fog. Fuzzy thinking. Memory trouble. These common side effects of aging can make us feel like we are not operating at 100 percent.
6. Low libido
Well, this is a delicate subject, isn’t it? Are you… um… just not feeling the desire you used to feel for your significant other? Does a romantic evening together sound rather unappealing? Do the words “Netflix and chill” just make you excited to watch Netflix? It can be difficult to maintain a close and loving relationship when you don’t feel like being physically close and loving.
7. Less stamina
You’ve always loved hiking. You have a favorite trail that you hike regularly, and you always make it to the top of the mountain without any trouble. You can go for miles without a break. Now it feels like you have to stop and rest every few yards! You want to enjoy the outdoors like you used to, but the hike seems daunting now. Of course you can still make it to the top – but it’s a lot harder than it used to be, and that is taking the enjoyment out of one of your favorite activities.
8. More stress
You pride yourself on being the kind of person who can take anything life throws at them. But now you’re feeling anxious and stressed. It used to be that when you faced those bumps in the road – small stressed or bigger problems – you could get through them with flying colors. You did what needed to be done and overcame all obstacles. Now it seems like those obstacles have the power to flatten you. Sometimes you feel like you can’t cope with everything.
These are the signs of aging we all face. Our bodies are changing. Our minds are changing. Our emotions are changing. It could be that lower hGH levels are the reason we don’t feel like ourselves anymore.