Growth Hormone Deficiency: Overview, Signs and Symptoms

The human body is composed of more than 100 trillion cells. And millions of biological operations occur every second throughout these cells.

Hormones (chemical messengers) help to keep the body integrated and coordinated in every aspect of human activity. Two well-known hormones are insulin and adrenaline.

The master hormone, Growth Hormone (also called HGH or GH), declines rapidly after the age of thirty. Falling about 14 percent per decade after age thirty, by the age of eighty production of growth hormone has been reduced to 5% of what it was at age twenty.

In numerical values, daily human production of growth hormone is about 500 micrograms at twenty years of age, 200 micrograms at forty years, and only 25 micrograms at age eighty.

This loss of the hormone with age is similar to that seen with menopause. And it has been given a similar name, somatopause (from somatotrophin which is the scientific term for growth hormone).

Decline of Growth Hormone Is Not Inevitable

Growth hormone declines with age in every animal species that has been tested.

Optimistically, recent research shows that the decline of growth hormone is not irreparable and it is not permanent.

Signs and Symptoms of Growth Hormone Depletion

Strength, Exercise and Body Fat

  • Reduced Muscle Strength
  • Reduced Muscle Size
  • Lack of Muscle Tone
  • Diminished Exercise Performance
  • Poor Stamina
  • Undesired Weight Gain / Loss
  • Cellulite

Energy, Emotions and Memory

  • Low Energy
  • Reduced Vitality
  • Low Capacity for Work
  • Lack of Positive Well-Being
  • Emotional Instability
  • Increased Anxiety
  • Lack of Enthusiasm
  • Depressed Mood
  • Poor Memory, Cognition

Skin and Hair

  • Sagging Skin
  • Skin Problems
  • Wrinkles, Fine Lines
  • Thinning Hair
  • Graying Hair

Cardiovascular & Circulation

  • Blood Pressure High / Low
  • Decreased HDL Cholesterol
  • Increased LDL Cholesterol

Healing, Flexibility and Resistance

  • Poor General Health
  • Slow Wound Healing
  • Disease Conditions
  • Joint Problems
  • Immune System Problems

Sexual Function

  • Diminished Libido
  • Decline in Sexual Performance
  • Increased Nighttime Urination


  • Diminishing Eye Sight
  • Sleep Difficulties