Growth hormone (GH) is the hormone that is primarily responsible for our growth from children into full sized mature adults. GH continues to play a critical role in health promotion even after we have stopped growing. Some adults will present with a deficiency of GH. Without adequate levels of endogenous GH, patients may suffer from, an imbalanced ratio of bad to good cholesterol, improper body composition (too much fat, and not enough lean muscle), and insufficient bone densities. Some people do not make enough GH naturally, and they will benefit from GH supplementary treatment.
Adults who do not produce adequate levels of GH have a condition called aGHD.
GH is produced by the pituitary gland in the hypothalamus of the brain. Harm to the hypothalamus through disease, trauma, or radiation treatment, may result in an underperforming pituitary gland. Your doctor can test the performance of your pituitary gland, to determine if you may be a candidate for GH therapy.