What Causes Low Human Growth Hormone (HGH) in Adults?
Human growth hormone (HGH) is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland to stimulate cell regeneration, growth and maintenance. It is critical for maintaining bones, muscles, organs, tissue and heart function. The pituitary gland is located in the brain just below the hypothalamus.
The pituitary gland is frequently called the master gland because it controls many of the hormone glands in your body such as the thyroid, adrenals and ovaries. By the time you are middle aged the pituitary gland has reached its maximum size and then begins to gradually get smaller.
The production of growth hormone begins to decline as early as age 35 and continues to decline as we age. Low levels of growth hormone are usually caused by damage to the pituitary gland or hypothalamus. Damage may be caused by:
- Serious head injuries
- Pituitary tumor
- Autoimmune disease
- Poor blood supply to the brain
- Sheehan’s syndrome
- Prader-Willi syndrome
- Turner syndrome
- Unknown causes (idiopathic)
- Lack of sleep
- Abnormal levels of other hormones
Symptoms of low HGH include:
- Increased body fat, especially around the waist
- Decreased muscle mass
- Sexual dysfunction including lack of interest and impotence
- Reduced strength and stamina
- Reduced bone density and osteoporosis
- Increased VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
- Difficulty concentrating
The experts at the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic use medically supervised bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to slow the aging process and rejuvenate their clients. People frequently begin to experience the first symptoms of aging between the ages of 35 and 40 including; reduced sex drive, baldness, loss of memory, reduced muscle strength and increased fatigue. However, clients that are treated with HGH experience weight loss, increased strength and muscle mass, and an increased sex drive. Human growth hormone is just one hormone critical to slowing the signs of aging. A comprehensive lab test is the only way to know for sure what your hormone levels are. Using comprehensive testing we will evaluate many key hormone levels to develop a health plan specific to your needs.