Hormonal Enhancement Therapy
Hormones play a part in nearly every major body function, including growth. If the body does not produce enough, a person may need to have growth hormone injections.
Several glands in the body produce hormones, but health experts consider the pituitary to be the master control gland. Not only does it control other glands, but it also makes the hormone that triggers growth.
The pituitary gland is in the brain below the hypothalamus. It secretes hormones in response to chemical messages from the hypothalamus.
The human growth hormone (HGH) helps to influence height, as well as build bones and muscles in the body. It is crucial for processes involved in normal human growth and development.
Genetic factors can lead to a lack of growth hormone in children. Damage to the pituitary gland is a common cause of a deficiency in adults.
In this article, we look at the reasons to use HGH, the function of growth hormones, and possible side effects.
Why use human growth hormone?
HGH medication can help children and adults who have a growth hormone deficiency.
HGH is essential to growth, especially in children, but it is also involved in many other processes in the body, including bone density, muscle mass, and mood.
Different hormones control various body functions and processes, including growth and development, metabolism, sexual function and reproduction, and mood.
It helps process protein and increases fat breakdown to help provide the energy needed for tissue growth.
Growth hormone levels can change through the day, and physical activity plays a part.
Exercise and similar activities can cause the levels to rise naturally. Sleep, stress, and low blood sugar levels also increase growth hormone levels.
Even small changes in HGH levels affect the body.
Too little or too much growth hormone can cause significant growth problems. Too little HGH is one of the main causes of short stature and conditions such as dwarfism.
Some people use HGH because they believe it will build muscle, improve performance, or slow aging. However, the existing evidence does not support the use of HGH for these purposes.
Children with low levels of lack of growth hormone may or may not be smaller at birth. Growth problems may appear in time, for example, if they are smaller than their classmates and growing less than 2 inches a year.
Some children are unable to produce growth hormone when they are born and continue to have low levels throughout their life.
Symptoms of growth hormone deficiency in children are:
- looking much younger than other children their age
- having a chubby body build
- impaired hair growth
- delayed puberty
- short stature
- In some children, a lack of growth hormone is part of a genetic condition, but sometimes the cause of the deficiency is unknown.
In adults, a lack of growth hormone is often due to damage to the pituitary gland, which may be permanent. The damage could have occurred in childhood or adulthood.
Other causes include:
- radiation therapy
- a head injury
- infections, such as meningitis
- Problems in the pituitary with producing growth hormone are commonly due to a pituitary tumor.
- The pituitary can be damaged by the tumor itself or by treatment such as surgery and radiotherapy.
In adults, a lack of HGH can cause a number of different problems including:
- anxiety and depression
- increased fat around the waist
- increased risk of heart disease and stroke
- weak heart
- weak muscles and bones
- reduced ability to think
- other conditions
Growth hormone deficiency can also be a combination of one or more hormone deficiencies.
Some medical conditions may also benefit HGH treatment.
- Turner’s syndrome: Women with this condition generally have underdeveloped female sexual characteristics.
- Prader-Willi syndrome: A genetic disorder causes weak muscle tone, feeding difficulties, poor growth, and delayed development.
- Noonan syndrome: This genetic disorder interferes with the proper development of various parts of the body.
- Chronic kidney disease