SIGNS OF GROWTH HORMONE DEFICIENCY
What is growth hormone deficiency?
Growth hormone deficiency can occur as a result of many different conditions and can have an impact in many areas of your life. Produced by the pituitary gland, growth hormone plays an important role in our growth, development, and cellular reproduction.
Growth hormone deficiency can manifest in a variety of symptoms. Men who are experiencing growth hormone deficiency usually experience a combination of the signs and symptoms below.
Feelings of depression and anxiety
Many men experience emotional symptoms as a result of growth hormone deficiency. The most common emotional symptoms include increased feelings of depression, anxiety, and fatigue.
Human growth hormone (HGH) helps regulate the amount of fat, muscle, and tissue within the body. When growth hormone levels are low, many men experience weight gain and an increase in abdominal fat.
Reduced strength and loss of muscle mass
In the same way that low growth hormone levels can cause an increase in fat throughout the body, it can also cause reduced muscle mass and loss of strength.
Decrease in sexual function
Growth hormone deficiency can also impact your sexual function and sex drive. Men with a growth hormone deficiency often experience a loss of sex drive that may, in turn, impact their sexual function, and in some cases, can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Poor general health
Many men who are experiencing a growth hormone deficiency notice that their skin becomes increasingly drier and thinner. Untreated growth hormone deficiency can lead to other more severe health conditions like osteoporosis and increased LDL cholesterol levels.