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How does growth hormone promote growth in the body?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Growth hormone, naturally produced by the pituitary gland (the pea-sized organ at the base of the brain), acts on the liver and other tissues to stimulate production of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). That IGF-1 is what's responsible for the growth-promoting effects of growth hormone, especially important in the proper development of children.

Growth hormone production is highest during childhood and the hormone-drenched adolescent years, then typically starts tapering off around age 30, continuing to decline into old age.
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