10 Signs & Symptoms of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Deficiency That Can Affect Your Life

Experiencing HGH deficiency symptoms can hinder a person from living a normal life. Low levels of growth hormone can mean some bodily functions are not operating as well as they did in the past.

GH is the master hormone and regulates all functions of the endocrine system. Diminishing levels will ultimately produce bothersome symptoms that are noticeable and life impacting.

Detecting HGH deficiency symptoms in their early stages and successfully treating them helps ensure, not only living a longer life, but the actual ability to “live” it.

This information will help you understand 10 of the most common symptoms associated with GH depletion. We will discuss:

1. Slower Wound Healing

Slower Wound Healing

Many people believe it is HGH that helps cells regenerate and form new, healthy tissue. This is only the start of the process, as it is insulin growth factor 1, a hormone secreted by the liver following signals from growth hormone that plays a significant role in tissue regeneration by mediating HGH effects in the body.

It is IGF-1 that travels the body searching for damaged, injured, or needing tissue. It then binds itself to growth factor receptors in the specific areas cellular regeneration is required. After the protein binds, new, healthy, stronger tissue is formed.

  • When growth hormone levels are low, less IGF-1 is secreted into the bloodstream and that process is affected. As a result, wounds heal slower and less efficiently.

Think of a child that trips, falls and scrapes their knee. The next day, that child has a scab and is up-and-at-it again. They do not think or worry about the incident.

Now, imagine that same situation occurring to a senior. Not only is that person adversely affected, but the wound takes a longer time to heal.

Returning HGH levels to healthier, younger levels has been clinically proven to help the speed in which damaged tissues repair themselves. Be it:

  • Epidermal
  • Muscular
  • Skeletal 
  • or any other place in the body

2. Muscle Loss/Weakening

Low growth hormone levels, which result in the deficiency of tissue-enhancing IGF-1 proteins, affect muscles very directly (read section 1 for a detailed description as to why).

It does not matter how much or how hard a person works out if they are low in HGH production. They will get reduced results in muscle growth, strength, or rigidity.

Even people on testosterone therapy, who are deficient in growth hormone, can experience issues with muscle growth and strength. More importantly, they are surprised to find their efforts are wasted and futile.

Testosterone therapy is usually first considered when focusing on muscle growth. Patients hope it will help them build muscle size and strength. However, if the patient is suffering from overly low GH levels, they will find testosterone therapy alone will not be enough.

An HGH regimen can be more beneficial in quickly and effectively producing the muscular benefits patients look for from participating in a hormone replacement program.

HGH Therapy alone can improve muscle rigidity (hardness and quality) and strength.

3. Weight Gain

 Weight Gain

It is not uncommon to hear someone in their 30s, or older, say they used to eat more and not gain weight. They may also say that, at a younger age, it was easier to lose weight if they made simple, subtle adjustments to their diet. Sometimes they only minimally increased their physical activity too.

However, now they feel “something has changed.”

The speed in which the body processes and digests food is controlled by the endocrine system. Most specifically, the pituitary gland, which creates and secretes GH, regulates the systems that control our metabolism.

The thyroid is one of the main glands in charge of controlling metabolic rate and function.

GH levels need to be optimal, similar to the levels most of us experience during our twenties. If not, our metabolism is one of the biological functions that is most quickly and evidently affected.

Speaking to a hormone specialist can help patients understand what HGH can do to reverse changes to their metabolism. It can help to restore their ability to process foods at rates they remember experiencing in their younger days. (or a physician specializing in hormone replacement)

4. Decreased Sex Drive/Erectile dysfunction

As you read through this list of life-impacting symptoms, you will find one thing in common – that is a low production of the hormone in charge of many crucial operating systems in the body.

In the case of the human libido and erectile dysfunction, low HGH and testosterone levels go hand-in-hand.

Many people usually think of “men” when testosterone is mentioned. The fact is, testosterone is as important to a woman’s libido as it is to a man’s.

  • For Women: Women have more “main” hormones than men. Low GH levels and their regulatory functions disturb the delicate balance that affects a woman’s mood and desires.
  • For Men: Low levels of GH in men means less luteinizing hormone (signal from the brain to the testes inducing the production of more testosterone) secretion. It also means reduced release of the follicle-stimulating hormone (signal from the brain to the testes to produce more sperm).

Low growth hormone causes degradation in the integrity of cellular regeneration that incites tissue repair in the penis. It negatively affects the organ’s other counterparts in the same way.

  • This is why solely focusing on a testosterone program may not be sufficient for some men to reverse erectile dysfunction issues.

HGH is essential to correcting erectile dysfunction, as it also has a significant impact on required cerebral chemical release and hormone balancing.

Self-esteem plays a vital role in a man’s libido and sexual function. If the mind is not healthy and stable, the desire for sexual activity fades.

5. Aging/Sagging/Dry Skin

HGH is necessary for maintaining healthy and young tissue. This happens by it being processed by the liver and converted into IGF-1. (Explanation in section 1)

The skin is the largest organ of the body.

If a person has skin issues such as these, it is a sure indicator that there are internal, biological functions not operating properly:

  • Blemishes
  • Age spots
  • Dryness
  • Thinning
  • Lack of elasticity
  • Sagging
  • Excessive wrinkles

Speaking to an HGH specialist can help patients understand how human growth hormone can:

  • Reverse signs of aging
  • Replenish moisture to the skin
  • Return suppleness and elasticity
  • Erase spots and discolorations
  • Even skin tones and textures

6. High Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Patients interested in participating in HGH therapy provide a complete medical file consisting of specific blood panels, a medical history form and a physical exam.

In many cases, patients deficient in growth hormone have lipid panel levels that are higher than normal.

 Lipid panels consist of the following:

  • Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL)
  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL)

The body and the way it operates become less efficient when there are low levels of the main, system controlling hormone: GH. For this reason, it is important to check blood work on a regular or yearly basis. Maintaining healthy GH levels will better ensure no biological complications occur in the body.

Understanding your individual blood levels can help you do your best to eat healthy, exercise, and control your food intake. In addition to working with a hormone specialist, blood work will also help you intelligently determine when it is most effective to participate in HGH therapy.

If your lipid panels have been negatively impacted because of low GH levels, other body functions will also be affected. It is possible your age management doctor will additionally recommend replacing other hormones that would, most likely, also be decreasing in production.

7. Memory Loss

Memory Loss

There are many important and fragile hormones (controlled by the pituitary gland via the secretion of GH) released into the brain on a constant basis. Many of those hormones affect our mood, attitudes, perceptions, and ability to rest.

Depleted levels of growth hormone also impact our organ and muscular function. One of these most important units is the heart. When the heart is not functioning at its optimal rate, blood flow to the brain is also not being received at ideal levels.

If we consider the following issues:

  • Reduced cerebral hormone secretions
  • Reduced blood flow to brain
  • Reduced restful sleep
  • Overstressed and overworked organs

… it is easy to understand why a person may begin to experience inconsistencies in their memory retention and brain function due to low GH levels.

Humans are their memories. It does not matter how amazing a person is, what abilities they have, or how much they know: if they cannot remember, they are no longer any of those things.

It is imperative that we keep our cerebral faculties functioning at maximum capacity. Signs of memory loss, most especially in a “young” brain, are sure signs that brain functions are not operating at full potential. Growth hormone depletion is likely at the root of the problem.

We can help our patients understand their human growth hormone secretion level.

  • A simple blood test can help patients easily understand their condition.

Studies show that after six months of physician supervised and prescribed HGH therapy, improvements in brain function and swiftness are noticeable and enduring.

8. Osteoporosis

As section 1 describes, if the body is not producing sufficient quantities of GH, it is also in low supply of insulin growth factor 1. IGF-1 is in charge of maintaining the health of all bodily tissues. This includes our bones.

A recent study, published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (1), made an impressive suggestion. It showed that even years after HGH therapy was completed, women (the main subjects of this study) who were expected to suffer, or had been suffering from osteoporosis, were able to reduce fracture risk and/or maintain bone density.

We usually think “skin/muscles” when we think “tissue” but, the reality is: every portion of your body is made up of a form of tissue. Remember: tissue is regulated and supported by the health of our GH production and its related blood levels.

– Again, this includes our bones.

9. Low Energy

Low Level of Energy

Growth hormone controls the glandular release of other hormones in our body. This action supports many system functions. As we age, and these levels fade, so do numerous biological processes.

When one organ is not working optimally, it stresses other organs in the body. This is because they are working harder to make up for the compromised efforts of other affected organs. If this is not taken care of, it can ultimately cause a chain reaction. If GH levels are not brought to normal, multiple system issues and misuse of your body’s energy will begin to occur.

Unbalanced hormone levels have a counterintuitive effect on our sleep patterns. This adds to our low energy problem.

  • When you do not sleep well, your body lacks the energy it needs to work, think, and systemically process effectively.
  • Retrospectively, not sleeping well contributes to low GH production, causing a menacing cycle that consumes our quality of life.

10. Lack of Motivation

Low growth hormone levels also cause a reduction in the release of many required cerebral-specific hormones, such as:

  • Serotonin
  • B-endorphins
  • Melatonin
  • Ghrelin
  • Leptin

Some of these chemicals, such as serotonin and B-endorphins, are directly related to our moods, which correlate with how we deal with life. Our outlook and attitude determine our motivation.

GH levels are directly related to our motivation and the desire to take action to do better and take charge of our lives.

Additionally, other chemical secretions (example: melatonin) help to regulate the ability to get adequate sleep. This is the reason we hear many people over 30 report that they still feel tired even after getting a “full night of sleep.”

Low energy from restless sleep and over exerted system functions causes laziness. The end result is a discontent feeling that leads to lack of motivation and effort.

Summary: Ensure a Better Quality of Life with HGH Therapy

If any of the highlights above seem repetitious, it is because, despite its complexity, GH has a very simple, yet overall-impacting effect on our entire body. Every single component of your body, such as the:

  • Eyes
  • Hair
  • Epidermis (outer layer of skin)
  • Bones
  • Organs
  • Veins
  • Arteries
  • Cells
  • Brain

… is a type of tissue.

Tissue growth, regeneration, maintenance, and its particular operation is the direct responsibility of growth hormone.

From the quality of their production to the measurability of their output and function, each of our biological factors is instructed by the release of GH.

If our GH levels are reducing, so are the components and functions of our entire body and their regulating systems.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms depicted above, we can help. If you notice any changes in your biological function, which you may consider unusual, we can help. Here, at Nexel Medical, we will arrange testing to find out if diminishing GH levels may be the culprit. It often is. The good thing: You can now do something about it.

Our age management physicians can prescribe an HGH program that is personalized to your situation. We want to help you operate and feel as you remember you once did.

HGH works on multiple aspects of your biological needs to help you overcome unfortunate side effects associated with the horrible condition known as “aging”.

Contact us so we can locate testing centers near you to find out what the best course of action is to get you feeling right again.

(1) Sa ̈a ̈f, M., Hilding, A., Thore ́n, M., & Troell, S. (1999). Growth hormone treatment of osteoporotic postmenopausal women – a one-year placebo-controlled study. Retrieved May 15, 2017, from http://www.eje-online.org/content/140/5/390.full.pdf 

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