Growth hormone (also called human growth hormone, GH or hGH) plays an important role during childhood in regulating bone, muscle and tissue development. Though it’s primary role is to promote the growth of young humans from infancy to adolescence, this hormone continues to be secreted by the pituitary gland into adulthood. In adult humans, GH has many functions such as maintaining healthy bone density, transporting and breaking down macro nutrients, storing energy, regulating metabolism, and plays an important role in normal heart function.
Lower than normal levels of GH released from the pituitary during adulthood can lead to a condition called Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency, or AGHD. This deficiency can result in osteoporosis, heart disease, high cholesterol and other serious medical conditions. This deficiency is caused by a malfunction in the pituitary gland. Symptoms of AGHD may include: fatigue, depression, anxiety, decreased bone density, decreased muscle mass, and impaired heart function. These symptoms, and others that are not listed, are the effects of metabolic, cardiovascular, skeletal, and neuromuscular abnormalities associated with a low supply of GH.
In order to prevent AGHD or reverse the effects of this condition, hormone therapy can help to offset the poor performance of the pituitary and alleviate the associated symptoms. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or suspect you might have a hormone deficiency, contact MyVita Wellness Institute to set up proper diagnostic testing with an experienced and highly-trained professional.