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A 32-year-old member asked:

Help docs, is growth hormone deficiency caused by not eating enough of a certain nutrient?

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Dr. Paul Kaplowitz
Pediatric Endocrinology 46 years experience
No: GH deficiency is either something people are born with or may develop as older kids or adults due to a tumor near the pituitary gland. A balanced diet with enough protein and different vitamins particularly D may help you feel better but is unlikely to affect how much GH your pituitary gland produces.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me is growth hormone deficiency caused by not eating enough of these foods?

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Dr. Alan Feldman
42 years experience
No: Growth hormone is made by the pituitary gland. Its major function is in promoting growth in children. It has a very small role in adult health. Disorders of the pituitary gland (such as tumors, surgical excision) can cause growth hormone deficiency, but you can't get it by not eating any particular foods.

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