HGH deficiency is found in both adult and pediatric patients. In case of human growth hormones deficiency, a person’s body fails to produce growth hormones required for muscle growth and normal bones. One of the primary causes of HGH deficiency is malfunctioning of the pituitary gland. In addition, sometimes the cause is unknown.
In children, human growth hormones deficiency causes improper growth of bones and muscles. Either the growth slows down or completely stops in case of serious deficiency. This causes under developed muscles and short stature, which we often term as dwarfism. This deficiency problem does not affect a child at the initial stages of birth. It shows its impacts when the child begins to grow. One of the symptoms would be, delayed puberty. The growth hormones play a vital role in the metabolism of proteins and synthesis of proteins in other tissues.
Some other symptoms of growth hormone deficiency would be chubby stature, poor growth and an immature face. Children may also suffer from hypoglycemia, that is, low blood sugar problem.
In adults, the symptoms of deficiency of growth are very subtle and gradually develop symptoms. The deficiency of growth hormones causes reduction in energy, decreased bone density, and muscles. This may also lead to obesity in many cases. If it is left untreated, the patient may suffer from loss of bone density, emotional instability, and increases cardiovascular illness.
Besides these, there are numerous other symptoms seen in both children and adults, which are categorized under four broad headings:
– Symptoms in case of mental health– HGH deficiency affects the emotional stability of an individual. The patient suffers from poor concentration and memory, depression, reduced energy and from sex drive reduction.
– Symptoms in case of lipid effects– LDL cholesterol increased and HDL cholesterol decreases, patient suffers from osteopenia.
– Symptoms in case of protein synthesis– Lack of collagen, decreased hair, and nail growth, size of the organs decrease, lack of collagen and thin skin.
An individual may either suffer from growth hormone deficiency from childhood or in his adulthood due to malfunctioning of the pituitary gland. It is important to check on the deficiency if one suffers from childhood. Prolonged deficiency of human growth hormone may result in severe negative symptoms, which may not be easily treated during the latter stages. The patient has to go for HGH therapy whih may help the pituitary gland to stimulate the production of growth hormones for some growth.
Now various treatments, diagnosis, supplements, and therapies help to treat the deficiency of growth hormones. Replacement therapy that helps to replace thyroid and adrenal hormones in the body. Radiographic studies might help to check on the gravity of the deficiency. Certain blood tests and x-ray will also help to check on the gravity of the deficiency. It is always advisable to consult a doctor.