Nothing sounds better than being healthy; both physically and mentally. And being “heart healthy” is a major piece of the puzzle when it comes to health and longevity. Living “heart healthy” is not just doing one thing right; it's doing a combination of many things right. Staying “heart healthy” includes doing things like exercising, eating right and just plain out being proactive. Many Americans these days however are living very unhealthy lifestyles and doing a combination of many things wrong; eating fast food, not exercising and simply relying on a doctor to write them a prescription should a problem arise. (I eat fast food twice a day and I am having chest pains doc!) Could not you like to have peace of mind in knowing you are doing everything you can to live the best quality of life possible while protecting your heart's health?

As people age, levels of a key hormone known as human growth hormone in the body decline, this can be responsible for speeding the aging process, decreasing sex drive, increasing belly fat (Hey maybe this is connected with the decrease in sex drive thing! ) and increasing levels of bad cholesterol which is not good for the heart. So it goes without saying, if a person is not exercising, not eating right, and have decreasing levels of HGH in their body, they may be at a greater risk of heart attack and stroke right? So, the question is, can increasing the levels of HGH in the body improve heart health?

Increasing human growth hormone in the body naturally may help the heart in several ways. Studies have shown that the highest concentrations of HGH receptors are in the heart. Since this may be the case, researchers treated patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by increasing their HGH levels through HGH therapy. The results were remarkable! It improved patients exercise levels, oxygenation and increased cardio output. In patients with heart failure, HGH improved the ability of the heart to pump blood and reduced the demand of oxygen while at the same time improving the ability of patients to exercise for longer periods of time. The study concluded that HGH directly improved heart health and lead to a better quality of life for the patients involved in the study.

The benefits of this hormone do not just stop there as far as the heart is concerned. Studies continue to show that increasing HGH levels of course decrease belly fat as mentioned earlier, which is a major indicator of who might be at risk for heart attack and stroke. So HGH therapy for people with “pot bellies” may not just help them get rid of the undesirable feature, but it also may prolong them lives. Also, HGH studies have shown that the hormone may also increase the levels of good cholesterol, which only makes sense since low levels of HGH increase the levels of bad cholesterol.

Going forward, I hope you'll look closely at what you are doing to improve your health and your heart health specifically. Take a look at what you are eating; ask yourself if you are consistently exercising enough and doing everything you can to live a long life. As always, consult with your physician before starting any new diet or exercise routine, especially if you have health problems.