As you age, your health, memory, and weight naturally change — and not always for the better. Protect your heart, immune system, and memory as well as manage your weight by addressing growth hormone deficiency. At Complete Health & Wellness, family practice physician Dr. Frederick A. Brown can treat adult growth hormone deficiency to manage the effects of aging. Men and women in Missouri City, Texas, and nearby Houston and Sugar Land, Texas, can call for an appointment or use the online booking agent to learn more about the revolutionary therapies that prevent the widespread damage caused by a deficiency in these hormones.
Growth hormones play an essential role as you develop in childhood, but the pituitary gland continues to produce them into adulthood. Research associates a deficiency in adult growth hormones with premature death.
You may be deficient in the production of this hormone if you’ve had permanent damage to the pituitary gland, either from a tumor, radiation treatment to nearby areas, or just as a natural, unexplained phenomenon.
A deficiency can affect your ability to function and diminish your quality of life. Adult growth hormone deficiency can also accelerate the signs of aging. Symptoms of a deficiency include:
Dr. Brown recommends specific tests to determine if you’re producing enough growth hormone. These include the insulin tolerance test, which involves getting an injection of insulin so your blood sugar level lowers. Usually, the normal response of your body is to produce growth hormone when faced with this stressor — if you don’t produce an expected amount, it’s likely you’re deficient. If this test isn’t appropriate for your health condition, Dr. Brown may use another test that prompts growth hormone release.
If you’re found to have growth hormone deficiency, Dr. Brown may prescribe HGH injections and sermorelin, another injectable bio-identical hormone that stimulates the secretion of growth hormone-releasing hormone. Dr. Brown takes into account your medical history, current symptoms, the results of any medical tests, and your goals when recommending any of these anti-aging therapies.
Research shows that the benefits of HGH include:
The injections of HGH may also boost heart health and immune system function, and protect against Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.
Sermorelin has similar positive effects. Each therapy may take three to six months of treatment before you see the full effects. You often experience improved sleep and energy levels sooner, however.