Otherwise known as: GHD

What is GHD?

Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD) is a homeostatic disorder where the pituitary gland in the brain does not produce a sufficient amount of Growth Hormone (GH). Normally the disorder begins at a young age, causing symptoms of possible cleft palate or lip and altered body composition. Symptoms of the disorder after it has been present for quite some time include gigantism or dwarfism; reduced energy; or osteoporosis.
Causes of the disease are not common encounters of average humans, but they are present. They include exposure to radiation; suffering through a traumatic event; or infection. All of these could cause the pituitary gland to stop secreting the correct amount of GH, rendering treatment necessary.
The pituitary gland itself is a small gland located in the brain. It is responsible for the secretion of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) to induce growth and development. When the body suffers a cause of GHD and GHD becomes present, the pituitary gland ceases to produce proper amounts of HGH to keep the body in proper condition. Results are extreme shortness or excess height in physical stature.


Treatment for GHD, however, is available. One must inject daily doses of recumbent Human Growth Hormone (rHGH) in order to maintain normal GH levels. Treatment, though, is sometimes used by humans with normal GH levels to boost productivity of physical exercise, which is not a healthy use of the hormone.


"When your doctor says you have Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD), it means your body does not make enough growth hormone." - Novo Nordisk


Thomas Hill Freeburn