Growth hormone. Not likely.
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.
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.
Has come a long way. Growth hormone replacement has come a long way since the advent of recombinant dna technique for manufacturing of human growth hormone in the mid 1980s. Before then, gh was extracted from cadavers (which brought up a host of problems including auto antibody formation and creutzfeldt–jakob disease). Duration of therapy and dose used will depend on the cause of ghd.
GH def in adult. You are probably ok. Do you have severe gh deficiency? . Do you need gh as an adult? Do you have other hormone deficiencies? If yes, then it might be more severe, but take the hormones you need and you should be healthy.
Deficiency of hGH in. Very rare, unless you have had prior pituitary surgery or radiation. Even more rare is aghd due to head trauma. Most quack doctors make the diagnosis to sell hgh. See a real endocrinologist.
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.
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.
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.
Ghd. In adults it causes increased fat mass, poor activity tolerance, decreased lean body mass, high cholesterol, osteopenia, osteoporosis, early heart disease.
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.
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.
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.