Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is produced by the pituitary gland, a small gland that sits at the base of the brain. HGH is responsible for physical maturation and growth in childhood. However, the hormone continues to play an important role as we age. HGH helps regulate body fluids, body composition, metabolism of fat and sugar, bone density, and muscle tone. Adults can actually have an insufficient amount of growth hormone. While some doctors may choose to treat HGH deficiency with growth hormone, sermorelin is actually a safer treatment option.
Signs and Symptoms of Growth Hormone Deficiency
Individuals with growth hormone deficiency may have different symptoms. Adults with growth hormone deficiency may have low energy levels, reduced bone density or osteoporosis, thin, dry skin, anxiety, decreased sexual interest and function, depression,
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decreased muscle strength and mass, increased triglyceride levels, insulin resistance, sensitivity to cold and heat, weight gain, especially around the midsection, fatigue, increased LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels, decreased exercise tolerance, heart abnormalities, and baldness (in men). In addition, adults with insufficient levels of HGH may experience cognitive difficulties, such as poor memory or an inability to concentrate. Sleep problems, such as insomnia can be a sign of HGH deficiency in adults as well.
Diagnosis of HGH Deficiency
The most common test used to diagnose HGH deficiency is the insulin tolerance test. In this test, an injection of insulin is given to the patient to lower blood sugar levels. Growth hormone levels are tested throughout the span of two hours. Normally, growth hormone is released in response to a drop in blood sugar levels. HGH deficiency is diagnosed when an insufficient amount of HGH is produced during this test.
Treatment for HGH Deficiency
Though some doctors choose to use HGH to replace growth hormone, sermorelin is a safer treatment option. Sermorelin is a peptide that possesses the first 29 amino acids contained in the growth hormone our own bodies make. Sermorelin encourages the body to make its own HGH whereas HGH administered directly actually reduces the body’s ability to produce growth hormone.
Additionally, HGH is highly regulated, and physicians can only prescribe it for specific conditions, such as adult-onset HGH deficiency, HIV/AIDS-Wasting Disease, and Hypopituitarism, whereas sermorelin can be used for off-label purposes.
Sermorelin has been shown to have many benefits for individuals with HGH deficiency. Specifically, sermorelin has been shown to increase muscle mass and reduce fat, improve bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, improve muscle strength, increase exercise tolerance, improve metabolism, increase energy, and increase libido and sexual function. In addition, there is evidence suggesting a link between HGH deficiency and a greater risk for heart disease due to premature atherosclerosis (a build-up of plaque in the arteries). HGH deficiency is also associated with changes in heart function and size. Growth hormone replacement with sermorelin can help reverse these changes.