What is growth hormone?
Growth hormone is produced from the pituitary gland located in the base of our brain. The main purpose of growth hormone is to fuel childhood growth and help to maintain tissues and organs. As we grow older, the pituitary gland gradually reduces the amount of growth hormone it produces. This natural slowdown in the release of growth hormone affects humans regarding the changes linked to aging, and decreases muscle and bone mass. Low Testosterone
Even after we have stopped growing, adults will still need some amount of growth hormone in our system. Growth hormone is a protein that is made by our pituitary gland and is released into the blood. Growth hormone plays a vital role in the growth and maintenance of healthy muscle, how our bodies collect fat, the ratio of high density to low density lipoproteins in our cholesterol levels and bone density. Growth hormone also plays a vital role in maintaining regular brain functions. Circumcision
What are the symptoms of low levels of growth hormone, or growth hormone deficiency?
High levels of body fat, especially around the waits
You may have anxiety and depression
A decreased libido (sexual function and interest)
You may become easily fatigued
You may feel isolated from other peers
Unable to tolerate heat or cold
Very lean body mass and difficulty in growing muscles.
Less strength, stamina and ability to exercise
Reduced bone density, or history of frequent bone fractures
Abnormal cholesterol levels
In adults with growth hormone deficiency, patients may have higher than normal levels of low density lipoproteins in comparison to their high density lipoproteins. Patients also tend to have higher triglyceride levels. A high triglycerides level in the blood contributes to block blood vessels that lead to heart attacks. Pshots
What are the common causes and risk factors for adult growth hormone deficiency?
A reduced or lack of growth hormone is most commonly caused by damage to the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that controls the pituitary gland. Damage is commonly caused by a tumor, or a history of surgery that has been done previously that has caused damage to the gland, or problems with the blood supply to the pituitary gland. Lack of growth hormone can happen anytime either during childhood or in adulthood.