What Is Adult HGH Deficiency — And How to Combat It

July 24, 2017 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

Human growth hormone, or HGH, is responsible for

many vital functions in our body, including growth, cell producing, and cell regenerating. Produced by the pituitary gland, growth hormone is essential to health and well-being. So, keeping sufficient level of HGH is highly important to our physical and mental wellness.

When the pituitary gland fails to maintain sufficient level of GH, an individual experiences growth hormone deficiency. While this disease is more widespread in children, GH deficiency also poses a problem for some adults. So, it will be beneficial to consider what are the symptoms and effects of adult HGH deficiency and how it can be treated.

Symptoms and Effects of Adult HGH Deficiency

The chances of growth hormone deficiency are higher in early childhood; when a child suffers from this disease since birth, it is called congenital GH deficiency. At the same time, acquired GH deficiency can appear unexpectedly even when the individual is adult. Some of the causes of adult GH deficiency might include genetic predisposal — as well as traumas and brain injuries or infection.

Scientists associate adult growth hormone deficiency with numerous negative consequences, from decreased motivation up to a higher risk of death. As defined by Reed, Merriam, and Kargi for Frontiers in Endocrinology, most widespread effects of human growth hormone deficiency can be divided into physiological and psychological ones.

Although diagnosing HGH deficiency requires consulting a physician, you can identify it preliminarily if you have all or most primary symptoms of this disease. Main signs and symptoms of growth hormone deficiency in adults include:

  • Lowered strength and stamina.
  • Reduced lean muscle mass, as opposed to fat mass.
  • Higher chances of obesity, increased fat mass.
  • Skin issues, impaired lipid profile.
  • Lower density of bones.
  • Regular depression.
  • Regular fatigue and lack of physical energy, as well as motivation.
  • Potential issues with intellectual development, “impairment of cognitive functions”.

If you feel that you are experiencing these signs and symptoms, please contact a doctor.

How to Combat HGH Deficiency in Adults

The good news is that GH deficiency can be treated, and it can be done quite effectively. Virtually the only way to cure growth hormone deficiency is administering artificial HGH, which is known as recombinant human growth hormone (rHGH). Until the 1980s, artificial HGH was literally harvested from cadavers. But such treatment was extremely expensive, and its side effects included potential lethal consequences — caused by brain-destroying Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease. However, scientists from company Genetech developed synthesized, DNA-derived HGH, which is relatively safe and thus is widely employed by doctors today.

Treatment of adult individuals with HGH deficiency is usually divided into several cycles like it can be seen here. Firstly, a patient receives a dosage, which is sufficient for adjusting their GH levels to the normal. After that, a 6-month interval follows, during which the person is observed by the physician.

Finally, the patient is provided with follow-up treatment, which allows to strengthen the results. However, there is no established general length of the treatment, which would work for all patients; the physician considers a number of individual factors when deciding on the length of the cycle and its dosage.

So, there is an efficient way to treat adult HGH deficiency. Even though it might be expensive, you should remember that it is your health that is at stake — and do anything to ensure your health and wellness.

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