The Human growth hormone is responsible for cells growth and regeneration which is naturally produced in the pituitary gland. With no GH muscle mass increase and increasing bone density is not at all possible. It plays a vital role in maintaining the health of all human tissues including brain and other major organs. After secretion HGH remains active in the bloodstream for few minutes which is the enough time for the liver to convert HGH into growth factors, particularly GH-1 or IGF-1 which mimics anabolic properties. After some years by knowing the anabolic properties, HGH has been started to use as a performance-enhancing drug.
Work of HGH Hormone
Pituitary or hypophysis gland is responsible for the growth of muscle tissues and bone by secreting HGH. This gland is small pea size shaped located behind the optic nerve. The pituitary is called Master gland since it controls the function of all endocrine glands. HGH is also responsible for converting protein to glucose. Sometimes HGH is called as Somatotropin STH.
When the HGH production goes down, the deficiencies raise up. Clinical studies on human growth hormone showed that Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) are caused by a number of contributing issues. The dysfunction of adenohypophysis leads to dwarfism. In adults GHD causes weight gain problems and in older people it may cause weakness and cardiac issues. GHD deficiency is purely visible in young children as short stature.
Growth Hormone Deficiency Diagnosis:
Typically the diagnoses start with a physical examination. The patient will be checked out with height, weight and body proportions. The children with GHG will not follow the normal children growth chart. Other than these physical examinations some blood tests are conducted to measure HGH level such as GHG stimulation test, GHRH Arginine test, Insulin tolerance test, Measuring other hormone levels produced by pituitary gland, measuring the amount of GH in the blood, Binding protein levels (IGF-I and IGFBP-3) blood tests to confirm whether pituitary gland is behind the growth problem.
How HGH deficiency is treated?
There are various medications available but treatment plan and medications differ from children to adult. The most common childhood deficiencies include a diagnosis of Turner Syndrome and Prader-Willi Syndrome. Pediatric GHD is supported with various medicines in the forms of Somatropin such as Humatrope, Nordiflex, Serostim, Norditopin, Nutropin Pro and Omnitrope etc.,
Prescribed HGH medicines are always safe. Any expectant mother is not supposed to take HGH medication since it affects the fetus severely. There are some HGH medicines which will not harm the fetus such as Serostim, Genotropin, and Zorbtive. GHD is treated with the help of prescribed medication or one may get the medicine over the counter. But after discussing with the physician helps to stand away from side effects.
The side effects are noted as Clinical studies on human growth hormone and personal experiences of individual:
- Water retention
- Flu like symptoms
- Muscle and joint stiffness
- Middle ear infection
- Numbness and tingling
- Sinus Infection
If you have any of the following conditions please discuss with your doctor before starting HGH:
- Liver and kidney disease
- Prader-Willi syndrome
- Open stomach surgery or heart surgery