As we age, the pituitary gland decreases the amount of HGH it produces. That can leave the body with a deficit. Although you are long done growing, the body still needs HGH for cell production, tissue repair, metabolism, immunity, brain functions and more. Recombinant HGH therapy provides supplemental human growth hormones that are molecularly identical to naturally secreted HGH from the pituitary gland. A hormone specialist will carefully calculate the amount of HGH your body needs for ideal hormonal balance. HGH therapy consists of a once-a-day injection, typically at night.
Who Qualifies for Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Adults who qualify for growth hormone replacement therapy will meet the following requirements:
low levels of insulin growth factor 1 as shown by blood test results, symptoms associated with growth hormone deficiency, and no contraindications that would prohibit the use of HGH therapy. The IGF-1 blood test is used as the ideal growth hormone deficiency identifier because GH stimulates the liver to produce IGF-1. Since the pituitary gland secretes GH in pulsatile bursts that rapidly enter and exit the bloodstream, that hormone is a poor indicator of its overall production. IGF-1 levels are dependent on growth hormone, and they stay relatively stable in the bloodstream all day.
Do I Have HGH Deficiency?
The only way to know if you have HGH deficiency is by checking your blood hormone levels. Some of the most common symptoms are fatigue, weight gain, aging skin, muscle loss, joint pains, memory and cognitive decline, and frequent illnesses. Low sex drive, thinning hair, and height shrinkage are other possible identifiers. You will need to undergo a physical examination and blood test to receive an HGH deficiency diagnosis and treatment.