HGH to Grow Taller Los Angeles CA
When a child’s growth does not appear to be on course with other children his or her age, it can cause concern for their parents. Although there are some cases where the child’s growth can be caused by a medical condition, such as an underactive thyroid gland or a genetic disorder, in many of these situations, there is nothing medically that is causing the lag in growing. This is medically referred to as idiopathic short stature. In these situations, parents may consider HGH to grow taller in Los Angeles, California.
What Are Human Growth Hormones (HGH)?
Human grown hormones are produced by the pituitary gland, located in the brain. These hormones are what make the body grow. HGH helps bones, muscles, and tissues build up and regenerate. The FDA approved HGH to grow taller for Los Angeles, CA children and children all across the country more than 15 years ago if a child’s height is in the bottom one percentile for their age group if the growth issue is caused by one of the following:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Noonan Syndrome
- Prader-Willi Syndrome
- Turner’s Syndrome
Is HGH to Grow Taller at our Los Angles, CA Clinic Right for Your Child?
At MetroMD, we hear from many parents who consider whether or not HGH to grow taller is the right therapy for their child. If you are considering this type of treatment, there are some factors that you should consider:
- HGH therapy to grow is a long-term treatment: The human growth hormones are given by injection on a daily basis. In some cases, the number of injections per week may be less. The duration of time for this treatment is typically over a few years and will typically continue as long as there is a growth potential for the child. While these treatments are ongoing, the child may also need to receive other hormones to ensure they have overall proper hormone balance.
- There are limits to heights reached: While our patients who have received HGH to grow at our Los Angeles, CA clinic has been very successful, it is important to stay realistic about the growth your child will attain with this treatment. In other words, human growth hormone therapy will not enable your child to reach NBA basketball player heights. Typically, HGH therapy will help a child grow an additional one to three inches.
- Costs of Treatments: In most cases, health insurance does not cover HGH to grow therapy unless it is treatment prescribed for a serious medical condition. This means that for most patients, they will be paying out-of-pocket. Given the duration of time needed for treatments, it is important to discuss what the long-term cost will be for treatments with the doctor you choose.
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. Increasing additional HGH in a child that is under developing 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 and find out how HGH to grow taller Los Angeles, CA patients recommend can benefit your family.