The symptoms of HGH deficiency disorder

There are many people living with adult growth hormone deficiency that are not aware of their condition. The symptoms of aGHD can be varied, but tend to include a lack of energy, psychological impairment, or poor psychological well being, and also many different metabolic changes.

 Some of the metabolic influenced changes may result in symptoms such as:

A GH deficiency can cause loss of muscle, and these metabolic changes can also cause a lessened ability for muscle and stamina exercises.

You may be tested for a GH deficiency if you have ever experienced any of the following medical occurrences:

There are diagnostic tests that your doctor will recommend if you present with one or more of the symptoms or signs of a GH deficiency.
For Norvotrop to be prescribed, you must meet two distinct criteria. Firstly, you must have taken a GH stimulation test, and displayed a smaller than would be normal reaction to the GH in this test. This test is a reliable indicator of a GH deficiency. The second criteria for a prescription of Norvotrop is related to the age of onset of the condition.

If you have only adult onset GH deficiency, that deficiency must by either GH alone, or a GH deficiency in conjunction with other hormonal deficiencies. The cause of these hormonal deficiencies is disease, a certain surgery, an injury that has caused the deficiency, or a radiation caused GH deficiency (through radiation therapy to the cranial region).

If your GH deficiency is child onset GH deficiency, then you must meet GH testing criteria to determine that your childhood GH deficiency is still at unacceptable levels for an adult.


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