Human growth hormone (HGH) injections are the standard course of treatment for people who have been diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. HGH therapy is designed to restore healthy levels of growth hormone to treat common side effects like stubborn weight gain and lost muscle mass. Here's what you should know if your doctor has recommended HGH therapy.
What is Human Growth Hormone?
Growth hormone is one of your body's most important hormones, both during childhood and adulthood. Growth hormone is produced and secreted by the pituitary gland in the hypothalamus. The main purpose of GH is triggering cell regeneration and growth in kids and adolescents to grow taller and build muscle, bone, and fat. In teenagers and adults, growth hormone is responsible for regulating a healthy body composition to keep muscle, fat, and bone in proper proportion. It also helps with everything from heart function to metabolizing fat and sugar.
Growth hormone levels begin to decline in men and women some time after puberty, with a faster decline beginning around the age of 30.
Understanding HGH Deficiency
Someone has growth hormone deficiency if their pituitary gland fails to produce sufficient HGH. HGH deficiency can occur in people of any age and there are many known causes. In children, GH deficiency is often the result of a genetic condition like Turner's syndrome. Adult onset HGH deficiency is usually the result of damage to the pituitary gland. This may be caused by a pituitary tumor, radiation, a severe head injury, an autoimmune disorder, or interrupted blood flow to the pituitary gland.
Adults with HGH deficiency can experience a wide range of symptoms, some severe enough to interfere with daily life. Common symptoms of low growth hormone include:
· Osteoporosis or lost bone density
· Low energy and low stamina
· Problems with memory and concentration
· Increased fat, especially on the abdomen
· Decreased muscle mass and strength
· Sexual dysfunction
· High cholesterol, which may lead to heart disease
· Sensitivity to hold and cold
Why Consider HGH Therapy?
While the severity of the symptoms vary by person, growth hormone deficiency is a serious problem. When your body fails to produce enough growth hormone, your body will have trouble building and maintaining bone and fat, and your metabolism will suffer. This can lead to an unhealthy body composition and a higher risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
If you suspect you have low growth hormone levels, your doctor can check your hormones with a simple blood test. HGH injections are the only way to effectively restore normal growth hormone levels and counteract these symptoms. Hormone therapy has been safely used for decades and it has a proven track record. If you have symptoms of low HGH, you don't need to live with your symptoms or assume they're signs of normal aging. Schedule a consultation to have your HGH levels checked.