Growth hormone, also known as somatotropin and is a peptide hormone that arouses growth, cell regeneration and cell reproduction in humans as well as animals. It is an important factor for human development. GH is a 191-amino acid, a solo-chain polypeptide that is manufactured, stored and secreted by somatotropic cells present within the lateral wings of the frontal pituitary gland. A recombinant formula of HGH called somatropin is used as a prescription drug for treating children’s growth disorders and adult GH deficiency. Growth hormone increases the absorption of glucose and free fatty acids besides stimulating the production of IGF-1.
Obtaining a prescription
HGH is prescription only when it is required legally. Securing a prescription for Somatropin is recommended in situations which involve childhood or adult growth hormone deficits. Obtaining a prescription is sometimes not easy when it is used for non-medical reasons, that means when you want it for increasing strength, muscle mass and endurance. Even if you are suffering from a growth hormone insufficiency your physician might not prescribe GH for you. It may be recommended to you for treating dwarfism, cachexia, heart failure and other conditions. In addition, a prescription is needed for genetic shortages and damage to the pituitary gland.
When HGH injections are prescribed by a physician it leaves a deep impact on the quality of life. The plentiful symptoms linked with a GH deficiency rob a person of his pleasure and productivity in his life. Frequent aches and pains in the joint and decreased bone and muscle strength transform simple tasks into monumental challenges. The absence of proper sleep makes one unmindful, less focused and less energetic. Additionally, weight gain becomes a cause for negative self-image besides creating different health risks. Furthermore, decreased libido affects romantic relationships. Sagging skin, wrinkles, hair loss and gray hair create depression when one sees his own reflection in the mirror.
Tests for suitability of a prescription
Prior to making a diagnosis and offering a human growth hormone prescription, a physician would recommend various tests. Age, physical history, genetic history and certain signs and symptoms of a GH scarcity will play an important role for an HGH prescription. Some of the tests he might recommend involve different blood tests like:
- Tests of IGF-1 and IGFBP-3
- Growth hormone-releasing hormone-Arginine test
- Blood test for determining not only pituitary gland output but other hormones manufactured by the pituitary gland
- Insulin tolerance test
- GH stimulation test
For securing a prescription for Somatropin a physician may recommend several other tests for a proper diagnosis of a GH deficiency. These tests are:
- DXA scan for measuring bone density as insufficient growth hormone affects bone density.
- MRI – The magnetic resonance imaging test help the doctor to determine whether the pituitary or hypothalamus do have tumors or seems to be diseased.
- Skull and hand x-rays for determining the shape, size and any change in bone structure or any abnormalities of bones.
When the doctor has prescribed GH one of the medical advisors will discuss the discoveries and offer various options for injections based on the dosage suggested by the physician.