Is consensus in anti-aging medical intervention an elusive expectation or a realistic goal?

Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2009 May-Jun;48(3):271-5. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2009.02.002. Epub 2009 Mar 9.


One of the biggest scandals of the recent history of medicine is the conflict of views between the gerontological establishment and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). The style used in that discussion was really rough and unusual. On the one hand, according to some representatives of the American Medical Associations (AMA), the use of human growth hormone (hGH) for anti-aging medical interventions is illegal, criminal, and requires persecution. On the other hand, A4M is of the opinion that all this is "...filled with incorrect, misplaced references and studies, and multiple basic scientific errors, in an apparent attempt to damage the anti-aging medical profession...". It is evident that in the frame of a short article is impossible to treat all the relevant aspects of this complicated story. Nevertheless, this Editorial attempts to point out the main results obtained so far, together with the most important issues of theoretical feasibility of the hGH replacement therapy (hGHRT). The comprehensive explanation of the aging process called "membrane hypothesis of aging" (MHA) offers a solid basis for the interpretation of the observed beneficial effects of the hGH through its practically ubiquitous membrane receptors, and the species specificity of this peptide hormone. The specific activation of these receptors stimulates the membrane transport functions, rehydrates the intracellular colloids, allowing to speed up the protein synthesis and turnover, and activates a great number of cellular functions, all observed so far. The facts known about the adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD) syndrome, and the beneficial effects of hGHRT in all aspects of this pathology suggest that aging may generally be considered as an AGHD syndrome. If this concept is accepted by most of the gerontologists, we can resolve practically all problems involved in the above outlined controversies. All this requires an independent, open-minded approach to the problem, and pushes us to a better understanding of the results of theoretical aging research. This approach may open a new, realistic way to the development of efficient anti-aging medical interventions.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Aging / drug effects*
  • Aging / metabolism
  • Cell Membrane / drug effects*
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism
  • Consensus
  • Goals
  • Human Growth Hormone / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Longevity / drug effects*
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States


  • Human Growth Hormone