For the majority of people, growth hormone is produced naturally by the pituitary gland in the brain. As its name implies, growth hormone is responsible for making us grow1. However, it also contributes to many other important functions in the body, such as:2
What causes poor growth?
There are many possible reasons why a child may seem to be growing more slowly than their peers or siblings.2 Some are entirely harmless and do not affect the child’s health. For example, some children simply grow at a different rate from others and will eventually catch up as they get older.3
However, there are other, more serious reasons why a child might not be growing as he/she should. These reasons can range from poor nutrition to certain medical conditions, such as heart or liver disease.3 It may even be that their body is not making enough growth hormone, the hormone responsible for making them grow.4
Growth hormone has a central function of regulating postnatal growth and metabolism1 so addressing a growth delay early and with the right approach can make a world of difference.2
Growth hormone treatment