Does a HGH Deficiency Mean You Cannot Lose Weight

A commonly asked question about HGH deficiency prone individuals is if they have trouble losing weight. As far as GH deficiencies go, there have been limited researches carried out to determine the effect of GH deficiencies on adults. However, they have shown that there is a link between the two.

What’s the link?

HGH deficiencies have been tied with changes in the body composition through research studies. Drop in lean body mass and increase in fat, resulting in weight gain are common characteristics observed in cases of growth hormone deficiencies. One such study revealed a 7 percent increase in the overall body fat, and a decrease in the lean body mass by the same amount due to HGH deficiency. The HDL levels were seen to have dropped while the triglyceride levels were seen to have increased in such individuals. It also partially explains why individuals with HGH deficiencies registered higher number of cardiovascular mortality rates than the general population.

So how do HGH deficiencies affect the weight-loss capabilities? HGH deficiency affects the heart by reducing the left ventricular mass and the cardiac output. These in turn bring down the individual’s exercising capacities, and result in an inability to lose weight. Studies have reported that obese adults have HGH in lower levels than their counterparts with normal weight. It has made people wonder if a HGH boost could result in obesity.

HGH supplements for weight loss

One of the early studies on the effectiveness of HGH in weight-loss that sparked the interest of many is from 1990. The study revealed that synthetic HGH injections resulted in a 14 percent decrease in body fat and 8.8 percent muscle mass gain, without any modifications in exercise or diet of the participants. While it held positive news for weight-watchers with HGH deficiencies, later studies have shown no such results.

Generally adults with HGH deficiencies due to pituitary diseases are seen to report improvement in body composition from HGH replacement. They show a drop in fat reserves and an increase in muscle mass and bone mass. However, it does not show any weight-loss results in case of obese individuals. HGH injectibles are available only through prescription, and approved for children or adults with GH deficiencies, and have been known to boost testosterone. These are believed to build lean muscle and decrease fat reserves. However their effectiveness in weight-loss has not been clarified by researches. HGH supplements should be taken only under medical supervision.