What is growth hormone deficiency?

Yung-Ping Chin, MD
Growth hormone deficiency is a rare cause of growth failure in which a child does not make adequate growth hormone–one of several hormones made by the pituitary gland–to grow normally.
Growth hormone deficiency is the most common pituitary hormone deficiency. Children suffering from this deficiency may have growth retardation and short stature. Adults lacking growth hormone have decreased energy, loss of bone density and thus an increased risk of bone fracture, accumulation of fat and decrease in muscle mass.

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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