HGH to Grow Taller Los Angeles CA
HGH Therapy is a treatment we offer here at MetroMD when our patients experience a decrease in their hormone production. Our patients often ask if HGH therapy will help them grow taller. Although for many children Pediatric HGH therapy is an effective treatment the case is not always the same for adults.
When we are in our adolescent years our bones grow by the signal of HGH and a secondary hormone product known as IGF-1. When HGH reaches a region at the ends of the long bones called growth plates or epiphyseal plates it stimulates new layers of bone to be added. When Layer after layer is put down our bones are lengthened which increases overall height. This is the exact mechanism that allows children to grow. By increasing additional HGH to a child that is under developing it will help them grow to a normal height. But why can we not do this for adults wanting to gain height?
This is due to the fact that after puberty our growth plates begin to fuse with the bones they are associated with. When this fusion takes place there is no place for human growth hormones to stimulate new bone to be added. At this point in time, when the growth plates are closed, HGH therapy will not increase height. This typically is seen around the age of 18 when growth plate fusion is occurring or has finished.
For a young adult, roughly at the age of 18-24, there is still a slight chance their growth plates will be open. Premature birth or slow aging can lead to slowly developing bones. This slower than normal development will leave the growth plates unable to fuse for a longer period of time and allowing height to be achieved. A simple test can be done to see if the growth plates are still open called a bone age test. This is a simple x-ray of the wrists that will visually show the growth plates fused or unfused.
For children suffering from a growth deficiency, we recommend HGH therapy only once we have conducted a series of tests and have consulted with their primary physician. A growth deficiency can be defined as when the pituitary gland slows or fails to produce somatotropin, which is important for keeping your tissues, bones, and muscles healthy, as well as advance growth. The most common symptom of GHD in children is their significantly shorter height than other children the same age. Children who have GHD typically grow less than two inches per year during puberty.
HGH therapy can still be a useful treatment for adults who have stopped producing or have seen a dramatic decline in their IGF- 1 levels. The benefits of HGH vary based on the individual and the reasons for treatment. The best starting point is to schedule a consultation with our doctors here at MetroMD.