Human Growth Hormone: Deficiency Causes Short Stature, Excess Causes Acromegaly, Gigantism

Hormones are your body’s key regulators. Produced and secreted by your pituitary gland, human growth hormone is one of these regulators.

Growth hormone stimulates height, body fat distribution, muscle and bone development in children. For adults, it has an effect on energy level, muscle strength and bone health. Consequently, a deficiency or excess of human growth hormone causes some health issues.

Human growth hormone deficiency causes a short stature, with normal body proportions. Symptoms of growth hormone deficiency include:

Human growth hormone deficiency that continues into adulthood will likely cause:

An excess of growth hormone in children causes gigantism. Too much growth hormone in adults causes acromegaly, often diagnosed around middle age.

When an excess of growth hormone is running around in your body tissues, it causes gradual enlargement. Therefore, symptoms of gigantism and acromegaly is enlarged:

  • jaw
  • feet
  • hands
  • skin glands
  • facial bones
  • sinus, vocal cords
  • lips, nose, tongue

Swelling of your hands and feet is often an early sign in adulthood. Other symptoms for acromegaly or gigantism involve:

An onset of excessive growth hormone may go unnoticed for a bit too long, which may cause other health consequences, such as:

Acromegaly and gigantism are rare. And the common cause for excessive amounts of growth hormone to be released is usually a pituitary gland tumor. Surgical removal or radiation of this tumor usually corrects the root cause for your growth hormone excess.

Human growth hormone deficiency is a more common condition than the alternative excess. It is often corrected by taking synthetic growth hormones.

It is imperative to identify growth hormone abnormalities early for healthy outcomes. For instances, the bone growth enlargement of gigantism and acromegaly are permanent. And growth hormone deficiency causing short stature measures you short all your life.

Injecting human growth hormone only to live longer is neither scientifically proven nor FDA approved. See an endocrinologist if you suspect your body is deficient in human growth hormone.

Otherwise, health maintenance is your ticket to a long life via:

And not an excess of HGH with all its acromegaly type side effects.