Growth hormone hinders weight loss

Growth hormone GH ( Growth Hormone ) is responsible for the height increase, in addition to participating in the bone development process.

This hormone is produced by the pituitary gland, which is responsible for various functions, such as growth, metabolism and reproduction.

GH is also known as HGH or somatropin. This hormone is present in all people, although its production is reduced when we reach adulthood.

But research has found that this hormone acts on neurons known as AgRP, which stimulate hunger and control energy expenditure – which can make weight loss more difficult.

These are data from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICB) of the University of São Paulo (USP), with support from the National University of La Plata, in Argentina, and from Ohio University, in the USA.

The results of this study were published in the journal Nature Communications in early February.

How does the hormone influence diet?

When you have a dietary restriction, that is, when you are in the middle of a diet, it is common to feel hungry and not have that feeling of satiety.

At these times, according to the study, HGH is secreted by the body, acting under neurons.

Then, the body begins to store the calories that are ingested through food to create energy stores. In addition, appetite increases. The body acts this way because it intends to make a reservation to stay alive in the event of a lack of food.

Use of HGH

In addition to being produced naturally in the body, in some cases, HGH needs to be replaced in the body.

This type of treatment is indicated according to medical advice for children and adolescents who have a hormone deficiency.

The medication consists of injections into the arms or thighs and is prescribed by an endocrinologist.

Somatropin is applied until bone maturity, that is, when the cartilages close and there is no longer the possibility of growth. This usually happens until adolescence.

When HGH is produced in excess, it can cause a disease known as acromegaly (disproportionate growth of the feet and hands).

On the other hand, if the body does not produce enough, the lack of the hormone can cause dwarfism (reduced height).