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Growth Hormone Optimization 

When an adult has a growth hormone deficiency, it increases their risk of developing a range of serious health conditions. This is why growth hormone optimization (HGH) is so important. At Genesis Lifestyle Medicine, we offer this treatment to help those suffering from this deficiency take control of their body and maintain their health.

What is growth hormone deficiency?

Growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland, an important gland at the base of the brain that influences almost every part of the body. Growth hormone regulates body composition, body fluids, muscle and bone growth, and mental function. When an individual has a growth hormone deficiency, it means that their pituitary gland cannot make enough growth hormone for the body’s needs. This can result in a variety of medical problems; however, growth hormone replacement very often improves most symptoms of this condition.

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Symptoms of adult growth hormone deficiency

  • Central weight gain
  • Difficulty to lose weight
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Dry skin
  • Fatigue
  • Not feeling as yourself
  • A decrease in energy
  • A decrease in endurance 
  • The desire to avoid social situations

Medical dangers of growth hormone deficiency

Adults who have a growth hormone deficiency have an increased chance of developing abnormal body composition, increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and reduced energy. In addition, fat tends to be packed on more easily, especially around the abdomen.

The deficiency causes decreased muscle strength and endurance to work out. Bones are also weaker, with an increased chance of developing osteoporosis later in life. Adults with growth hormone deficiency also experience a higher overall cholesterol level in blood.

Causes of growth hormone deficiency in adults

  • Head injury
  • Stroke
  • Infections to the brain
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Under-active hypothalamic drive
  • Damage to the pituitary gland and hypothalamus
  • Tumor in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus
  • Surgery or radiation to remove a tumor

What medications are used?

At Genesis Lifestyle Medicine, our growth hormone optimization may include the use of ipamorelin and CJC 1295 (both growth hormone peptides) and tesamorelin, a synthetic form of growth-hormone-releasing hormone that reduces excess fat in the abdomen. Ipamorelin and CJC 1295 stimulate a side of the pituitary gland to produce growth hormone. We will determine the correct dosage of these medications for your specific needs. They are administered via injection underneath the skin, directly into the fat tissue.

Genesis Lifestyle Medicine for growth hormone optimization

If you’re ready to take control of your body and maintain your health with hormone replacement therapy, we invite you to contact us to learn more about this treatment from our specialists. At Genesis Lifestyle Medicine, we are here for you from the very beginning of your journey to healing, to the end. We are always available to answer questions and help address your concerns. With over 50,000 patients, we are proud to offer the absolute best in customer service, delivered by experienced medical professionals. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact us.

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