What Is Human Growth Hormone?
IGF-1 is a hormone similar in molecular structure insulin and plays a major role in childhood growth and continues to have anabolic (growth) and cell repair effects in adults. IGF-1 is a stimulator of cell growth, regeneration and proliferation throughout the entire human body. For this reason, HGH is sometimes called the “Master Hormone”.
Uses of Human Growth Hormone
Human Growth Hormone is necessary for proper growth in children and although growth takes place throughout childhood, the majority of one’s height is reached during puberty. When it has been determined that a child is not growing properly during puberty, bio-identical HGH, sometimes referred to as Somatropin Growth Hormone – rhGH for injection, can be given to treat the child’s hormone-related health condition.
Adults also require growth hormone to function properly and adults can also be deficient in HGH. With age human growth hormone declines, especially during menopause and andropause (the male menopause), and can cause a hormonal imbalance or HGH deficiency. HGH, in injectable form, is used to treat adults with low HGH. This condition is known as Adult Onset Growth Hormone Deficiency.
What is Adult Onset Growth Hormone Deficiency (AGHD)?
AGHD is an adult medical condition in which the body does not produce enough growth hormone (GH). Growth hormone (also called somatotropin) is the hormone which stimulates growth, cell reproduction and repair in adults as well as children. Adults require a sufficient amount of HGH in order to properly maintain their bodies and other hormone levels.
Growth hormone deficiency in adults can manifest itself in diminished lean body mass or muscle loss, lowered bone mass and density, loss of energy, feeling tired all the time bordering on fatigue, inability to sleep, memory loss, uncontrollable weight gain, dry hair and nails, wrinkled and dry skin, and a number of other physical and psychological symptoms. Psychological symptoms include loss of focus or fuzzy thinking, social withdrawal or shyness, loss of drive or ambition, sadness and depression; while physical symptoms may include loss of strength, stamina and muscle tone with a corresponding increase in body fat and weight.
Other hormonal imbalance or glandular disorders like thyroid and testosterone deficiency frequently occur alongside diminished HGH production. HGH deficiency can be treated with bio-identical growth hormone replacement.
Below are some of the major symptoms of a growth hormone deficiency:
- Reduced muscle mass and strength
- Loss of body hair and baldness
- Reduced bone mass and osteoporosis
- Decreased strength, stamina and endurance
- Reduced quality of life, particularly energy levels
- Impaired concentration and loss of memory
- Impaired sleep and chronic insomnia
- Increased body fat, particularly around the belly
- Increased bad cholesterol (LDL)
- Insulin resistance or diabetes
- Cardiac dysfunction and vascular disease
- Feelings of anxiety, depression, or sadness
- Withdrawal, shyness and loss of drive
- Thin, dry and wrinkled skin
- Brittle hair and nails