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Growth Hormone: Use and Abuse

Human growth hormone (GH) is a substance that regulates your body’s growth and metabolism. GH is made by the pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain. GH helps children grow taller (also called linear growth), increases muscle mass, and decreases body fat. In both children and adults, GH helps control the body’s metabolism—the process by which cells change food into energy and make other substances needed by the body.

If children or adults have too much or too little GH, they may have health problems. Growth hormone deficiency (too little GH) and some other health problems can be treated with synthetic (manufactured) GH. Sometimes GH is used illegally for non-medical purposes.

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The Hormone Foundation

Dr. Lysette Iglesias M.D.

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