Human Growth Hormone
What is human growth hormone?
Human growth hormone, also known as HGH and somatotropin, is a hormone your pituitary gland makes and releases that acts on many parts of the body to promote growth in children. Once the growth plates in your bones (epiphyses) have fused, HGH no longer increases height, but your body still needs HGH. After you’ve finished growing, HGH helps to maintain normal body structure and metabolism, including helping to keep your blood sugar (glucose) levels within a healthy range.
What if my human growth hormone is low?
Having lower-than-normal levels of HGH is called growth hormone deficiency. It’s usually due to an issue with or damage to your pituitary gland that results in hypopituitarism — when one, several or all of the hormones your pituitary gland makes are deficient. Human growth hormone could be one of the affected hormones.
HGH has traditionally been used to treat children’s growth disorders, and more recently Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency (AGHD), also called Somatopause.
Symptoms associated with low human growth hormone are low energy, irregular sleep, weight gain, decreased muscle mass and strength, poor cognitive ability, and in some cases erectile dysfunction.
How can I test my human growth hormone levels?
After consulting with a physician at our clinic, the primary we may test you for heavy metals will be through a 24 hour urine test kit.
Does human growth hormone require a prescription?
In the United States and Canada, HGH requires a prescription. Prescriptions for HGH are only given after comprehensive testing and clinical evaluation. The average cost of an HGH prescription ranges from $250-$500 per month, which should be considered when choosing this type of therapy.
If you would like to discuss human growth hormone with a physician at our clinic, please contact our office.