Human Growth Hormone - Part 1

by Drs. Gurney & Marina Pearsall 5. May 2014 14:39

Drs. Peasall

Hormones can be thought of as "messengers" that are produced by the endocrine glands and then sent all over the body to stimulate specified activities. For example, growth, digestion, reproduction, and sexual functions are triggered by hormones.

As its name suggests, human growth hormone (HGH) is an endocrine hormone that makes humans grow. HGH is a complex protein molecule of 191 amino acids linked in a specific sequence. It is secreted in pulses by the pituitary gland. These pulses vary between 10 and 30 per day and can be strengthened by exercise. For years, doctors have prescribed HGH for children who needed a growth boost. Human growth hormone is critical for tissue repair, healing, muscle growth, bone strength, brain function, physical and mental health, energy, and metabolism.

Somatropin is a man-made version of human growth hormone. Each manufacturer of somatropin assigns its own brand name, such as Genotropin, Humatrope, Norditropin, Saizen, and Serostim. It is available only by prescription and by injection.

Next week we continue the discussion on why HGH is so important.

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