Growth Hormone

What can GH do for you?

GH at a Glance

GH is a protein based hormone that is secreted from the anterior pituitary gland, which is located in the diencephalon, a part of the brain. It is regulated by hypothalamic hormones.
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Actions of the Growth Hormone

GH is very, very important to normal growth and function.


The main function is to promote growth, especially in bones, and metabolic processes like raising blood glucose levels.


It releases hormones that stimulate the liver to release insulin-like growth factors, which then circulate in the blood. This promotes cartilage and bone growth.

If you are concerned about aging...

It is important to note that aging is in part due to the absence of growth hormone! Don't worry, it happens to all of us.

Disclaimer:

GH can cause many problems throughout a person's life.


Hypersecretion: As a child, if there is an excess amount of GH, gigantism can occur. This results in growth that may cause a person to reach eight feet in height. In adulthood, if there is an excess of GH, then it stimulates bone growth in the face, hands, and feet. This can result in an overgrowth of extremities, which is known as acromegaly.


Hyposecretion: In childhood, it can lead to dwarfism, as it slows bone growth. Maximum height may only be 4 feet. Thankfully, this can be treated with more GH. Scientists have been able to genetically engineer HGH which can help treat this as well.