Growth hormone. Adult ghd is treated with growth hormone injection in adult doses which is typically one tenth of the pediatric dose.
Growth hormone. Simply replacing it with gh (now manufactured by recombinant dna technology similar to insulin). There is however mild degrees of ghd (appropriately named gh insufficiency) that may not need replacement therapy if no metabolic detangements are captured, such has decreased bone density, dyslipidemia, increased central adiposity etc.
Testing. Gh deficiency is most often confirmed with dynamic stimulation tests which include infusions of specific medication which elicit gh release. If gh isn't released in response, then gh deficiency is very possible. A low igf-1 level is a good screening tool, but there are rare gh deficient patients who have normal igf-1 levels.
1)complicated 2) yes. At the risk of self-promotion, check out my post re endocrine society's latest guidelines re adult growth hormone deficiency. Symptoms include depression, cognitive dysfunction, quality of life issues, body composition changes for worse, loss of bone mineral density & more. Pituitary adenomas & traumatic brain injury (think repetitive concussions) are leading causes of ghd in adults.
Growth Hormone. If you truly have low growth as proxy measured by a baseline igf-1, and followed up with a growth hormone stulation with one of several agents and have gh measured at baseline and thereafter, and you secrete little, than depending in insurance and age, you might be able to get it. Soon, drugs will be avaialble to be orally taken (peptides) but they will be completing phase 2 studies.
What type of doctor would I see about suspected adult growth hormone deficiency? Have MA PFFS insurance, seeing a primary care physician not required.
Endocrinologist. You should see an endocrinologist.
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.
Short term effects. Some studies conclude that gh might be benefcial in the treatment of short stature in children with achondroplasia in the first 2 years of treatment.
Achondroplasia. It can help with the height.
No. Human growth hormone (hgh) has not been proven to produce significant performance enhancement and serious side effects are associated with its use including acromegaly, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and cardiomyopathy (the leading cause of death in HGH users). Most athletic organizations ban its use by their athletes.
No. Administering gh for the sole purpose of muscle expansion is not physiological and likely to cause harm more than good.
HGH vs testosterone. Hgh has been used as the perverbial fountain of youth by the "rich and famous" for decades. Only more recently has it been fda approved for usage in adults shown to be deficient. Cost is still prohibitively expensive, and not covered by drug plans. Bodybuilders at the professional level use far higher dosages than the general public, meaning megabucks! Testosterones are a better choice.