Low growth hormone - Renew Clinic

What is low growth hormone?

Growth hormone, also known as somatotropin, is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates growth and cell reproduction. A growth hormone deficiency (GHD) means that the pituitary gland does not make enough growth hormone.

When growth hormone levels are too low, it can lead to several health issues. Some key facts about low growth hormone:

What causes low growth hormone?

There are several potential causes of GHD:

Rarely, the problem lies outside the pituitary gland. The hypothalamus may not signal properly or growth hormone receptors can be defective.

Diagnosing growth hormone deficiency

If GHD is suspected, a pediatric endocrinologist will carry out tests such as:

Treatment will only begin after confirming the diagnosis through clinical presentation and biochemical tests.

Treating GHD with growth hormone therapy

The primary treatment for GHD is injectable synthetic growth hormone or somatropin. Brand names like Genotropin, Humatrope, Norditropin, Nutropin, and Saizen are bio-engineered replicas of natural GH.

Treating GHD can allow children to reach normal height and body composition. Adults also benefit in terms of body fat, bone density, exercise capacity and cholesterol levels. See an endocrinologist right away if your child has signs of growth failure. The expert doctors at Renew Clinic offer advanced GH treatment and holistic care for growth and wellness.

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