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Human Growth Hormone Replacement (hGH)

Growth hormone is often referred to as human growth hormone or hGH, and is made in the body by the pituitary gland. This gland is located in the brain and secretes growth hormone. The secretions are based on messages the pituitary receives from the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus regulates metabolic processes and other activities in the body. As the name of the hormone indicates because it is responsible for growth it additionally aids in processing fat for energy and protein for tissue maintenance.

Human growth hormone levels vary based upon activity. Walking, running, other physical activity and sleep cause growth hormone to increase levels naturally.

For a variety of reasons, adults can make too little hGH. Lack of production can occur because of high blood sugar levels and stress that impact the body’s natural ability to produce this hormone. Adults with low HGH often struggle with weight and obesity. Those patients have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, issues with depression, anxiety, brittle bones, weak muscles, and cognitive issues. The hormone deficiency may occur in both men and women.

Alternative Treatment for Human Growth Hormone:

A physician at Sunridge Medical may prescribe hGH hormone injections. The hormone is designed to copy natural hGH in the patient’s body. Depending on the severity of the hGH deficiency it may be delivered on a daily, several times a week or weekly basis.

Patients receiving the proper amount of growth hormone may experience a leveling of blood sugar. Diabetic patients require frequent physician visits and at-home glucose monitoring.

Risks and side effects of human growth hormone injections initially occur in some patients.  They may experience joint and muscle pain, headaches, and swelling of hands and feet. As the dosage level is corrected, the side effects clear.

Some patients with certain diseases should not use hGH. The growth properties of the hormone may trigger activity in tumors and cancer.

For answers to your questions or to make an appointment, call us toll-free at 855-747-6832 to speak with our Patient Care Team.

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