Growth Hormone Therapy involves the use of growth hormone in a therapeutic fashion. Growth hormone is a peptide hormone produced and secreted by the Pituitary gland that stimulates cell growth and reproduction. While it used to be extracted from human Pituitary glands, HGH is now created using recombinant DNA techniques.
Growth Hormone Therapy is utilized in a few circumstances. The first is to treat growth hormone deficiency in children. When children suffer from a deficiency in HGH, it can affect not only their height, but also muscle tone, motor development, and body fat as well. The treatment is administered by injection into subcutaneous tissue or muscle, and is administered on a daily basis. The dosage is monitored by a pediatric endocrinologist, and dosage is adjusted every few months if needed. The cost to treat a child by using Growth Hormone Therapy is roughly $10,000 – $30,000 per year; however, patients and their families are generally enthusiastic once results of treatment begin to be seen.
Growth Hormone Therapy can also be used to treat adults with growth hormone deficiency. Growth hormone deficiency in adults is generally caused by damage to the Pituitary gland following radiation, surgery, trauma, or other causes. Growth hormone therapy in adults can benefit adult patients by increasing bone density, increased muscle mass, a decrease in adipose (fat) tissue, faster growth of hair and nails, strengthened immune system, improved circulatory system performance, and improved blood lipid levels. However, long term mortality benefits are still being studied.
Some other conditions where Growth Hormone Therapy is utilized include:
- Wasting (cachexia) due to AIDS
- Treating stunted growth due to Turner Syndrome
- Growth hormone shortages due to chronic renal failure
- Prader-Willi Syndrome
- Children suffering due to intrauterine growth retardation
- Idiopathic Short Stature (though this condition is highly controversial)
While Growth Hormone Therapy can provide a number of benefits, it does not come without adverse effects. If you have questions about the hormone treatment, consult with your doctor, contact NuFemme Rejuvenation Clinic today!