Growth hormone is a protein based poly-peptide hormone that stimulates growth. It is vital for cell regeneration. It is made up of 191 amino acids. the single chain polypeptide hormone is produced and stored and secreted by the somatroph cells in the anterior pituitary gland.
Growth hormone is produced naturally in humans as well as animals. Growth hormone and growth hormone formulas can also be produced and used for a variety of treatments. The use of various forms of growth hormone is often used to battle the natural effects of aging. It has also become a common tool in the battle to lose weight.
Treatment with growth hormone products can result in decreased body fat, increased lean muscle mass, increased bone density, higher energy levels, increased skin health, more healthy sexual function, immune system health and more.
The makeup of growth hormone is so complex that it’s not surprising that the specified list of benefits are acknowledged to as incomplete. While many of the functions of growth hormone are known there are still many that haven’t been identified.
While appropriate growth hormone levels result in a wide variety of positive benefits an excess of growth hormone has negative effects. The most common result of growth hormone excess is a pituitary tumor. These tumors (made up of somatotroph cells of the anterior pituitary) are benign and grow slowly. They gradually produce more growth hormone. It may eventually become large enough to cause severe headaches, affect vision and cause other hormonal deficiencies.
An excess of growth hormone that extends over a long period of time can thicken the bones of the jaw as well as the extremities (fingers and toes). This is referred to as acromegaly. Other symptoms of growth hormone excess are: sweating, carpal tunnel syndrome, excess SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin), muscle weakness, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, diminished sexual function, etc.
Deficiencies in growth hormone have varying symptoms. The symptoms often depend upon the age of the individual. Children are most often affected by limited growth resulting in short stature. It can also inhibit sexual maturity.
Growth hormone deficiency in adults is rare. The most common cause of a deficiency in adults is pituitary adenoma, but some are a continuation of problems that began in childhood. Other causes of adult deficiencies include trauma or structural lesions.
In addition to treatment required for growth hormone deficiencies and excesses homeopathic growth hormone formulas can provide many anti-aging benefits as well as improve the general health of the individual.