It’s a common misconception that children are the only ones that need the growth hormone since they’re growing up. However, adults also need the growth hormone as they grow up. At the same time, the growth hormone plays an important role in regulating muscle health, mass, bone density, and body fat.
If your body produces little growth hormone, you could feel the following symptoms:
The body fat, especially around the waist area increases. At the same time, the lean body mass tends to decrease. Other symptoms include less stamina, less strength, and a reduced ability to exercise. The bone density also reduces, leaving you more vulnerable to bone fractures and injuries—especially as you age.
Some individuals with growth hormone deficiency also complain of increased sensitivity to heat and cold and a higher tendency to get tired. Further symptoms include anxiety, depression, reduced sexual function, changes in blood cholesterol levels, and a general feeling of being isolated.
Simultaneously, individuals dealing with GH deficiency also deal with normal levels of low-density lipoproteins. This may also result in higher triglyceride levels. These are said to be a very dangerous type of fat that circulates in the blood and can block your blood vessels.
One of the main causes of growth hormone deficiency is any sort of damage that takes place within the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus. There could be a number of reasons why the said damage takes place. It could result from any type of tumor, some problem with the blood supply, or any radiation used to treat the tumor. You can diagnose the condition either during childhood or in adulthood.
When you head to a hospital for surgery after an injury, the doctor usually starts the treatment by checking for adult growth hormone deficiency. This is why it’s always better to reach out to an endocrinologist. They specialize in health conditions resulting from changes within your hormone-secreting glands. If there is something wrong with the pituitary gland, the doctor will suggest getting a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan done before getting onto the main treatment.
Besides, the growth hormone is very rapidly absorbed by the tissues in your blood. Therefore, a quick blood test will help you figure out whether you’re dealing with a deficiency. These tests take place in an outpatient setting and usually take around two to three hours. However, you’re not recommended to eat anything before the test takes place.