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Naturally occurring human growth hormone (HGH) is called somatotropin and is produced in the pituitary gland. The hormone is responsible for a myriad of functions in the body from growth and development, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction, mood, to processing of protein and fat breakdown for the energy needed for tissue growth.
While hormone levels in your body vary throughout the day and also depend on sleep, stress and blood sugar levels, a true diagnosis of GH deficiency has long-term effects. Untreated lack of GH can lead to high cholesterol levels, insulin inefficiency, and osteoporosis in addition to the myriad of symptoms that hinder your quality of life. Lab developed injections are proving the most effective means of reversing symptoms as they are designed to mimic the behavior of natural HGH in your body.
Causes of HGH deficiency range from genetic abnormalities in children to illness in the form of tumors or infection or trauma to the pituitary gland or hypothalamus region by head injuries or radiation treatments. You may experience any combination of the following symptoms:
Children with GH deficiency may also face unique consequences due to the lack of GH in their bodies. These include:
Once proper diagnosis occurs through medical history, blood work, hormone stimulating or suppression tests, kidney and thyroid function tests, possible MRIs, insulin growth factor 1 tests, and checking growth plate fusion in children, your endocrinologist will prescribe HGH injections, usually on a daily basis at a low dosage, gradually working up to the required dosage to mimic natural HGH in your body. Injections can be administered at your physician’s office, by a family member or by yourself. During the treatment process which can last a few months to indefinitely, you will see your doctor regularly at four to eight week intervals. Your endocrinologist administers routine blood tests to check hormone levels as well as checking your cholesterol levels, blood glucose levels, and bone density to make sure the therapy is positively affecting all of these.
How quickly HGH injections work depends on the individual with regards to your age, overall health and medical history, extent of your condition, your tolerance of the specific treatment, and your treatment expectations. That being said, many notice changes in the first week of treatment, while others report symptom relief at the two- to four-week mark.
Overall, an individual who has been on HGH injections for three months will notice changes in the body and overall conditioning, especially in regard to weight loss and exercise tolerance. More agility and flexibility have been reported as well as a positive impact on mood and overall outlook.
Between six months and one year, noticeable cellular transformation occurs. Reduction of weight and fat around your trunk and increased muscle mass continue to alter your body. You recover from exercise quicker while your strength and endurance increases.
Children taking HGH injections can see growth spurts of four or more inches in the first year. Three or more inches of height per year for the next two years is common, as well as the beginnings of puberty and developing appropriate age-related hair growth and tooth eruption.
There are those who aren’t good candidates for HGH injections. If you have any of the following, use of HGH injections can aggravate present symptoms or cause others to present.
As with any medical procedure, concerns or conditions can often be relieved by dosage manipulation. If you are experiencing swelling, numbness, joint or muscle pain, or other side effects related to HGH treatment, your endocrinologist might be able to lower the dosages to make these side effects more manageable while allowing you to continue the positive benefits of HGH therapy.
These severe or sudden physical symptoms should be reported to your doctor immediately.
Notably HGH isn’t presently approved in pill or topical form. If you aren’t under the care and supervision of a licensed endocrinologist you could risk ingestion of unlisted ingredients including steroid components or human tissue. Aggressive tumor growth and the rare but deadly Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease have been reported with unlicensed HGH formulas.
HGH injection therapy can work quickly and effectively to relieve many of the symptoms of GH deficiency. Consistent and honest communication with your licensed endocrinologist, along with adherence to injection therapy as well as these possible accompanying treatments produce the best outcomes. Your endocrinologist may prescribe:
Most medical conditions benefit from a multi-pronged approach and methods that promote your overall health and well-being should be encouraged. Following your endocrinologist’s recommendations and discussing your symptoms and results helps tailor your treatment to meet your best health requirements.
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