Human growth hormone, or HGH, is vital to metabolism and cellular function. A growth hormone deficiency (GHD), therefore, can have serious health consequences for children and adults.
Human Growth Hormone is critically important for normal growth and development. If a child is not growing at the rate he or she should be, or is failing to reach other milestones of maturity, it could be that he or she is suffering from a growth hormone deficiency. It can be very difficult to determine the exact cause of growth hormone deficiency in children. However, endocrinologists, the kind of doctors that specialize in treating GHD in kids, identify the most common causes as:
Failure for the pituitary gland to develop properly in the womb
Cancer directly effecting the pituitary gland, or a tumor in another area of the brain that impairs proper pituitary function
Inflammation of the pituitary gland caused by disease or injury
Genetic diseases that cause impaired pituitary function
The first sign of a growth hormone deficiency in a child is slow or stunted growth. Other signs parents should look for include:
Increased fat, particularly belly fat
Muscle loss, or inability to build muscle
Immature bones or teeth
Growth Hormone Deficiency in Adults
Growth hormone deficiency does not only impact children. Adults too suffer from what is known as “adult onset growth hormone deficiency,” or “age-related growth hormone deficiency.” However, whereas in children, GHD effects stature and growth, in adults GHD impacts the way they look, think, and feel.
Sometimes adults with GHD have childhood GHD that was never detected or properly treated. However, more often than not, adults with GHD, are experiencing an HGH deficiency that developed after adolescence. As in children, adult onset GHD can be caused by injury to the pituitary, or a disease state such as cancer that effects pituitary function. However, usually in adults, particularly those over 40, GHD is the result of the slow decline of HGH and IGF production that occurs over time.
When you are a child, and producing HGH normally, your HGH levels are at their highest. Your cells are literally bathed in growth hormone. Of course, that is because the majority your bodily functions are dedicated to growth. This is also why children and teens are faster, stronger, have more energy, and heel quicker than most men or women in their 30s or 40s!
By the time you are over 35, your growth hormone levels will have dropped significantly, leading to the symptoms of age-related growth hormone deficiency, which include, but are not limited to:
Often feeling fatigued, slow, or lethargic
An overall feeling of lack of energy and enthusiasm
Low libido and other sexual wellness issues
Hair loss, or thinning hair
Liver spots, “creepy” skin, and other skin conditions
Suppressed immune system, easier to get sick, harder to heal or recover
Weight gain, particularly abdominal fat
Memory loss and other cognitive difficulties
Bone loss and bone weakness
Depression, anxiety and other emotional changes
While it is true that there can be many things from stress to “growing old,” that can lead to the above list of symptoms. However, taken in the entirety, if you are over the age of 40 and 65, and are experiencing more than one of the symptoms above in combination on a regular basis, it is probably a good idea that you have your growth hormone levels checked. You may be suffering from growth hormone deficiency, and be a good candidate for growth hormone replacement therapy.
How Do We Treat Growth Hormone Deficiencies?
Growth hormone replacement therapy involves the use of prescription injections of synthetic growth hormone. This synthetic growth hormone is made in highly sophisticated pharmaceutical labs using recombinant DNA. As such, this injectable form of HGH is identical, on a chemical and molecular level, as the growth hormone naturally produced by your better. Therefore, prescription HGH injections are the most effective treatment for children, or adults, suffering from growth hormone deficiencies.
Prescription HGH shots are available under many names. Some of the most common growth hormone injections prescribed to treat GHD are:
These differ in their level of “quality,” their available dosages, and their delivery methods. Your medical professional will decide which is the right HGH prescription for you.
Regardless of which growth hormone therapy is prescribed to you, for any man, woman, or child feeling the effects of growth hormone deficiency, there are many benefits of growth hormone replacement therapy
In a relatively short amount of time, patients who are undergoing a course of growth hormone therapy, see increases in muscle mass, loss of fat, and renewed skin vitality.
In children especially, growth hormone therapy can put them back in the right track to achieving full stature and maturity.
For men and women who are feeling the aches and pains of age-related GHD, growth hormone injections have been found to:
Improve fat metabolism, resulting in lower body mass index (BMI)
Increase energy and stamina
Provide more restful sleep
Improve memory and other cognitive functions
Decrease anxiety and return life to more of an “even keel”
Increase libido and improve sexual performance
Strengthen bones, and fight osteoporosis
In addition, HGH injections can also improve heart health by helping to reduce cholesterol, and open blood vessels that have been clogged with arterial plaque.
How Does Growth Hormone Therapy Work?
It is an unfortunate fact of life, that as we age, we lose HGH and other vital hormones such as testosterone. As the levels of these critical hormones drop, all bodily processes slow down and become less efficient. Much of the symptoms we think of as “aging,” are really a reflection of hormone loss.
When we can return the HGH in your bloodstream to more youthful levels, we can slow, and in some cases, reverse the debilitating effects of age related growth hormone deficiency. As the level of HGH in your body increases, your ability to repair and replace old and dying cells increases. Your liver is stimulated to release more IGF, which gives cellular metabolism an additional boost. These two actions combine to return your strength, energy and ability to burn fat, to what they were when you were younger.
Can You Take HGH Supplements To Treat Growth Hormone Deficiency?
There is no such thing as “HGH supplements.” Any pill, or powder, that you see advertised on the internet, or in a weightlifting magazine, or even on the shelves of some legitimate health food stores, that claims to contain HGH, is misleading at best, and dangerous at worst.
The only way to treat growth hormone deficiency in adults, or GHD in children is with a doctor’s prescription for HGH injections. Only HGH injections contain “real” growth hormone that is created in a lab using recombinant DNA to be biologically identical to the HGH produced by your body. Like the HGH produced and released by the pituitary gland, HGH injections will stimulate the release of IGF. IGF in combination with increased growth hormone will raise metabolism, stimulate cellular growth and repair and combat the symptoms of growth hormone deficiency.
Understand, the only time you will be purchasing and receiving authentic growth hormone therapy, is when it is prescribed for you by a doctor. And then only after he or she has tested you and finds that you are indeed suffering from the symptoms of growth hormone deficiency.
Because real HGH replacement therapy is expensive, and can only legally be obtained by a doctor’s prescription, there is a growing black market for illegal HGH and phony HGH products. These HGH scams are numerous. Most of them involve illegal HGH imported from China or Mexico that may not contain much if any HGH, or may even contain toxic materials.
Growth Hormone Therapy and a New You
For men and women with growth hormone deficiency, growth hormone therapy can literally provide a new lease on life. Have you found that you have had to give up golf, tennis, skiing, or any other physical activity you once loved? Growth hormone therapy can literally put you back in the game!
Stop missing out on life, and contact us today, and explore the many positive benefits of HGH therapy.