MK EXTREME SARM acts as a potent, orally active growth hormone secretagogue, mimicking the GH stimulating action of the endogenous hormone ghrelin. A secretagogue is the term for a substance that chemically signals for the pituitary gland to secrete growth hormone. It has been demonstrated to increase the release of, and produces sustained increases in plasma levels of several hormones including growth hormone and IGF-1, but without affecting cortisol levels. It is currently under development as a potential treatment for reduced levels of these hormones, such as in growth hormone deficient children. Human studies have shown to increase both muscle mass and bone mineral density, making it a promising therapy for the treatment of frailty in the elderly. It also alters metabolism of body fat and may have application in the treatment of obesity.