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Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy

Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy

Growth Hormone Therapy is the most common treatment for growth hormone deficiency in both adults and children. The therapy depends on injecting growth hormone into the patient’s body and getting its levels back to normal.

Growth hormone, also known as somatotropin, is produced normally by the pituitary gland. It promotes cell reproduction and growth in our bodies. When there is growth hormone deficiency, the hormone can be injected into the body to reach its optimal levels again.

If you are diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency that requires growth hormone therapy, daily doses of growth hormone are usually needed in most cases. However, according to how severe your condition is, your body may require more growth hormone injections.

In most cases, you have to visit your doctor every 4 to 8 weeks. Your doctor will monitor your improvement throughout the treatment and evaluate the progress by performing blood tests to determine whether your body needs more growth hormone or not.

Besides, your doctor will check your cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and bone density while receiving the growth hormone therapy to make sure that everything is normal and at healthy levels. This is because growth hormone therapy can affect how your body responds to insulin, the hormone which is responsible for controlling your blood glucose levels. On the other hand, ignoring growth hormone deficiency and leaving it untreated can lead to osteoporosis and high cholesterol levels, which cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular problems. 

Special precautions are taken when it comes to children. During the first year of treatment, children receiving growth hormone injections grow about 4 or more inches, and over the next 2 years, they usually grow additional 3 or more inches. After the first 3 years, the growth rate usually slows down.

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Is Growth Hormone Therapy Safe?

Growth hormone therapy is completely safe and effective in patients who have growth hormone deficiency. The side effects are few including swelling, numbness, muscle aches, and joint pain. They usually disappear after a while. Serious side effects are extremely rare.

If you experience any side effects, it means that you are receiving more growth hormone than usual. Talk to your doctor and he will adjust the dose you are receiving. Once the dose is adjusted, the side effects will disappear on their own.

Although growth hormone injections are relatively safe and effective, there are a few side effects. Fortunately, serious side effects are rare. Swelling, numbness, and joint and muscle aches and pains are the most common side effects.

People who have cancers, traumas, or breathing problems, or are seriously ill should not take growth hormone injections.

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Other Treatments for Growth Hormone Deficiency

Mental and emotional therapies are also required, especially with children. Seeing a psychologist is highly recommended to get through the feeling and learn how to cope with growth hormone deficiency.

Also, sleeping well, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly are essential parts of the growth hormone deficiency treatment plan.

At our clinic, we teach our patients how to add growth hormone therapy into their lifestyles in addition to providing them with the best tips to make their lifestyles healthier, especially with growth hormone deficiency.

For more information, visit our website or schedule an appointment.

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