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How does growth hormone change with age?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
The focus of many anti-aging gurus is human growth hormone, which is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. Among other functions, it is responsible for stimulating growth in children. As we age, the amount of this hormone declines. It becomes more difficult for adults to put on muscle mass and easier to accumulate fat, even with the same degree of exercise and the same caloric intake. As the skin thins, sexual and heart function decline and bone density decreases. Energy wanes and depression becomes more common. A third of people older than age 60 have very low levels of growth hormone.
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