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When Do Adults Need Growth Hormone Treatment?

Growth Hormone Treatment

Some adults require growth hormone treatment when their pituitary gland no longer puts out enough GH to meet their daily needs. Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) often results in impaired quality of life, potentially serious health concerns, and depression.

For adults, the growth hormone treatment age limit begins after age thirty. It is at that time that most people start to experience a decrease in growth hormone production. GH levels peak during puberty and level off in the early twenties. Within a few years, the pituitary gland begins to decrease growth hormone output slowly.

Many adults will adjust to this decline, but some will not. For those whose bodies do not handle the reduction in growth hormone secretion, the following issues can arise:

  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Decreased exercise capacity
  • Increased visceral fat accumulation
  • Adverse changes in lipid profile – higher levels of LDL cholesterol
  • Greater risk of cardiovascular issues
  • Reduced bone mass and structural integrity
  • Increased risk of osteoporosis and fractures
  • Impaired cognitive functions and loss of memory
  • Declining immune system functions – frequent illness
  • Longer recovery periods for illness and injury
  • Poor eyesight
  • Lack of energy
  • Low libido
  • Increased risk of diabetes and obesity

These are only some of the reasons why adults require growth hormone treatment. Elderly men and women can benefit greatly from stronger bones and muscles, improved heart health, and better brain functions.

What Are the Guidelines for Prescribing Growth Hormone Treatment?

Because adults with untreated GHD are at a greater risk of morbidity from cardiovascular events, HGH therapy is often recommended. The risks are similar for adults with childhood onset or adult onset of GHD. [1]

Assessment of biochemical markers and physical parameters are an essential part of the growth hormone treatment guidelines . Diagnosis entails the following:

  • Consultation

Assessment of the individual’s overall health and well-being during a consultation with a hormone specialist. A candid discussion of symptoms and their effects on quality of life is necessary.

  • Blood Test

Analysis of key blood markers to determine if growth hormone decline or some other issue is behind the symptoms.

  • Examination

Assessment of overall physical well-being, height, weight, blood pressure, and general health. The exam may turn up other issues of concern, as well as clearing the individual for growth hormone treatment.

  • Medical Health History

Completion of a health questionnaire highlighting past and present medical issues, treatments, and medications. Also, include natural supplements and other over-the-counter products.

Diagnosis of GHD can lead to the prescription of growth hormone treatment. Adults with GHD rarely experience any side effects from human growth hormone therapy.

How Is Growth Hormone Treatment for Adults Prescribed?

Once the hormone specialist reviews all medical results and determines GHD, medication dosage determination follows. Original guidelines for growth hormone treatment for adults took body weight and age into consideration. While these factors are still in effect, height, bone structure, overall health, and symptom severity also figure into the equation.

The initial growth hormone treatment duration typically lasts for six months. Retesting of blood levels occurs after that time. The individual will then discuss with the medical advisor the option to continue treatment. Dosage may be changed as some people can do fine with a lower dose of HGH injections after the initial six months.

Current guidelines for treating GHD in adults recommend using IGF-1 levels to optimize growth hormone dosing. The goal of treatment is to bring insulin growth factor 1 levels back within the upper limit of the normal range.

How Do You Get Growth Hormone Treatment ?

Treating GHD is the job of the hormone replacement therapy practitioner. Doctors specializing in HRT understand the delicate balance of hormones in the body. HRT physicians know that when you adjust one hormone level, others often change. That is why you want a hormone specialist diagnosing GHD and prescribing treatment.

To find a hormone specialist, you can choose to ask others for recommendations or do some searching online. Here at Kingsberg Medical, we provide access to some of the country’s top HRT specialists to men and women nationwide. You do not need to spend time in our waiting room to receive superior care from our doctors. We provide consultation by telephone no matter where you reside.

Our medical advisors will guide you through the process to get growth hormone treatment . We send the required lab requisitions to a facility near you. All you need do is show up at the appointed time – always early morning – for your blood test. The early morning testing is due to the fasting requirement necessary for accurate diagnosis.

You may also see any doctor you desire for the examination. The physician’s office will forward the report to our hormone clinic for review. Once diagnosed, our medical advisors provide affordable options for growth hormone deficiency treatment.

Call or complete the form on this page for a confidential, no-cost consultation.