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If I am having behavioral problem can this be caused by growth hormone deficiency in children?

If I am having behavioral problem can this be caused by growth hormone deficiency in children?

No relation to that: No there is no relationship to that. Growth hormone deficiency does not cause behavioral problems. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


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Can someone with childhood onset growth hormone deficiency eventually have children?

Can someone with childhood onset growth hormone deficiency eventually have children?

Sure: Some things would have to be established first, however. Are there any other pituitary hormone deficiencies, persistent gh deficiency, or abnormalities around the brain and pituitary gland from childhood mri? Any other medical condition? Many kids grow up to be adults who no longer have gh deficiency, but an endocrinologist or reproductive endocrinologist should be consulted prior to pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have children if you have congenital growth hormone deficiency?

Is it possible to have children if you have congenital growth hormone deficiency?

Yes: If that's the only hormone deficiency then replacing gh will be helpful. If there are other pituitary hormone deficiencies it becomes more difficult, but still possible. ...Read more

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If my growth hormone deficiency was a mutation in my family and no one else in my family history has it, will it be passed on to my children?

If my growth hormone deficiency was a mutation in my family and no one else in my family history has it, will it be passed on to my children?

That depends: To pass it on to your children it is important to know if you have what is called a dominant or recessive mutation. If you have had your genetics done and know the mutation then I would talk with a genetics counselor- they are super helpful! I found a good resource but warning... it is pretty technical but very good on the subject!
https://ghr. Nlm. Nih. Gov/condition/isolated-growth-hormone-deficiency#inheritance ...Read more

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What is adult growth hormone deficiency?

What is adult growth hormone deficiency?

Mysterious: Along with "hypophyseal-pituitary axis disorder", this is a poorly-understood. There's no doubt that some older adults feel much better when supplemented with a bit of growth hormone. And it's a popular diagnosis for quacks to sell growth hormone to troubled souls. A specialist knows how to do the lab work but there's no hard-and-fast criteria yet. ...Read more

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What can cause growth hormone deficiency?

Lots of things: Congenital pituitary abnormalities, brain tumors, brain injuries, radiation to the brain, oxygen deprivation, hereditary gh deficiency, etc. In many pediatric cases, it's iatrogenic because the cause is still unknown. ...Read more

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Can you explain growth hormone deficiency?

Can you explain growth hormone deficiency?

A pituitary problem: Growth hormone is made by a gland called your pituitary gland (which lies very close to your brain). It does many things for your body other than help you to grow. Growth hormone deficiency is a condition where for whatever reason your pituitary makes less of it than is considered normal. Testing for this is complicated, usually takes multiple steps, and should be overseen by an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What happens with growth hormone deficiency?

What happens with growth hormone deficiency?

Ghd: In adults it causes increased fat mass, poor activity tolerance, decreased lean body mass, high cholesterol, osteopenia, osteoporosis, early heart disease. ...Read more

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What are signs of growth hormone deficiency?

GH deficiency: For kids: growth failure, possible fatty liver, lipid abnormalities. In babies, hypoglycemia. For adults, same as for kids except growth and hypoglycemia. Additionally, depression, decreased muscle tone, endurance, osteoporosis, etc. ...Read more

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Growth hormone deficiency- how can it be cured?

Treated: Hi. Growth hormone deficiency can be treated, not cured. Like type 1 diabetes on insulin or hypothyroidism on thyroid hormone; insulin treats the diabetes but doesn't cure it and thyroid hormone treats the hypothyroidism but doesn't cure it. Growth hormone deficiency doesn't have to be treated, but if it is treated, it's with growth hormone replacement. ...Read more

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What causes a growth hormone deficiency problem?

Pituitary activity: There are several reasons why children or adults can have a pituitary that is unable to make enough hgh for adequate growth or metabolic wellbeing. Consult a real endocrinologist if you think you or your child may have a deficiency of gh. ...Read more

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What can be done about growth hormone deficiency?

What can be done about growth hormone deficiency?

Replacement: With hgh especially if your child is not growing. Adults are a different matter. Many with adult gh deficiency do not need or wish replacement. If it is you than be tested by a real endocrinologist - too many quacks tout hgh for longevity in adults who do not have gh deficiency. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a growth-hormone deficiency?

How do I know if I have a growth-hormone deficiency?

GH stim test: Hi. To test if you're GH-deficient (GH-D), a screening IGF-1 can be drawn. If it's well in the normal range, GH-D is unlikely. Stringent diagnostic criteria require doing a GH-stimulation test. This is done either by injection insulin IV to cause hypoglycemia (stimulates GH in normals but) or infusing arginine & GH-releasing hormone (stimulates GH in normals). GH-D has diagnostic criteria in tests ...Read more

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Please explain why is growth hormone deficiency bad?

As a child: You will not grow to your full potential. As an adult, growth hormone deficiency is less clear-cut, but can lead to loss of energy, muscle, mental agility and the like. Check w/your physician if you're concerned. ...Read more

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Is there a medicine to cure growth hormone deficiency?

Is there a medicine to cure growth hormone deficiency?

Definitions matter: GH deficiency is a problem for a growing child & synthetic growth hormone, is available when confirmed. The natural level of growth hormone in your blood drops as you get past the formative/growing years so the level in middle aged adults is normally lower. Should a doc decide to prescribe if to anyone the cost runs about 15 K/yr the last time I checked. You cannot "fix" a pituitary gland. ...Read more

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What are the ill effects of growth hormone deficiency?

GH deficiency: For kids: growth failure, possible fatty liver, lipid abnormalities. For adults, same as for kids except growth. Additionally, depression, decreased muscle tone, endurance, osteoporosis, etc. ...Read more

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What do you do if you have a growth hormone deficiency?

Endocrinologist: Because of the need for stimulation testing to properly diagnose gh deficiency, such a patient will already be seeing an endocrinologist. Children are usually treated for this barring malignancy. For adults treatment is more optional. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having growth hormone deficiency?

Child or adult?: If you are a child with gh deficiency, you will have short stature, and gh treatment will add a few inches and help you get to predicted height. In adults, gh naturally goes down to low levels. In adults with pituitary deficiency, hormones are replaced, but not gh, since gh does not really have a role in adults. Trials with gh in adults have not proven that gh does any good. ...Read more

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What is life like with growth hormone deficiency (ghd)?

What is life like with growth hormone deficiency (ghd)?

Growth hormone: Gh deficiency causes stunted growth. The height and weight are below normal percentile. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that I have a growth hormone deficiency?

What is the likelihood that I have a growth hormone deficiency?

Not high: The true prevalence of adult-onset gh deficiency is difficult to estimate with certainty but a reasonable estimate may be obtained from prevalence data for pituitary macroadenoma, which approximates to 1:10000 population. Addition of cases of childhood-onset ghd persisting into adult life gives an overall prevalence of between 2 and 3 per 10000 population. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with growth hormone deficiency?

DWARFISM: Child has abnormally slow growth and short stature.Height is below 3rd percentile, fails to begin pubertal development and delayed skeletal maturation. Treatment is hormone replacement. ...Read more

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Which sex is the carrier of the isolated growth hormone deficiency?

Which sex is the carrier of the isolated growth hormone deficiency?

Neither: Few cases of GH deficiency are familial and those that are can affect either sex equally. If both a parent and one or more child have clear GH deficiency, it could be inherited as an autosomal dominant gene, meaning that approximately half of the children could be affected. If neither parent is affected and more than one child has clear GH deficiency, then it is likely autosomal recessive ...Read more

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I just found I have a growth hormone deficiency but is it too late to grow?

Likely: At a listed age of 40, you could have simply had growth hormone levels drop off with age, as they do in everyone, but more than expected. If they were normal during the teen years, which we cannot know, you likely cannot blame this for your height. If the growth centers in your bones are closed, as they do in most by late teens, you cannot grow taller. ...Read more

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I'm a teen suffering with growth hormone deficiency! How can this be treated?

Injections: Of growth hormone can be given if you have been diagnosed early enough. Talk to your doctor about referral to an endocrinologist for treatment. ...Read more

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I have growth hormone deficiency. Is it recommended to take medicine injections for it?

I have growth hormone deficiency. Is it recommended to take medicine injections for it?

Rare in adults: Adults w/gh deficiency (ghd) are often former pediatric ghd patients. These individuals often have a history of congenital pituitary abnormality, brain tumor, or traumatic brain injury. The latter 2, + pituitary bleeding cause most new onset adult ghd. Adult gh replacement is optional. Please discuss with your endocrinologist. There may be good benefits from treatment. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What do I need to tell my fiance about my future health? I have growth hormone deficiency.

Healthy, if treated: Possible lifelong gh treatment is indicated for adult growth hormone deficiency (ghd). Depending on the cause of the ghd and other co-existing problems, various tests need to be done and monitored periodically by an endocrinologist. Overall prognosis on optimum treatment is good. ...Read more

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Are growth plates likely to be fused at 18 if I had a growth hormone deficiency?

Depends on puberty: The closure of the bony growth plates is mainly regulated by pubertal changes in sex hormones (estrogen in girls; testosterone in boys). If you had only gh deficiency but with normal sex hormones, then the growth plates usually fuse around puberty. With pan-hypopituitarism, (gh and gonadal hormone deficiency), the growth plate closure will depend on how quickly and how much sex hormones are given. ...Read more

Dr. Tedde Rinker
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Growth Hormone (Definition)

Growth hormone is necessary for growth in children and is still important in adults. Deficiencies can cause many problems beside poor growth in children and this condition should be evaluated by an endocrinologist for diagnosis ...Read more


Dr. Gregory Moneta
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