Endocrinology- Growth hormone deficiency

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    May 09, 2017 4:22 AM GMT
    Pre 1980, there was no such medical term and study as Endocrinology. We now know that problems with hormones cause a great deal of medical problems within the entire body. Basically the first 18 years of my life, where the bodies hormones are the MOST important function of proper development including puberty, were ignored by my parents and the doctors they took me to.

    It really wasn't until the internet age, where I could find out for myself, that I suffered greatly from growth hormone deficiency. Why did it take the medical community so fucking long to figure out that hormone regulation, female or male, is extremely important during a childs physical and sometimes, mental development. I feel like this part of my life, I was cheated out of the proper care, anyone today, post internet, would be able to recognize and get help for.

    Its almost like the medical community, pre 1980, thought 'hormone study' was something "metaphysical" in nature, such as Acupuncture is today. Only recently has the medical community accepted, by insurance plans, treat Acupuncture as a valid method of treating certain aliments. I am finding out that my health ailments in older age, stem from improper hormone care K-12 grades, all pre 1980.

    Its no wonder I was an ectomorph past 10 years old, before Endocrinology, they sent people to psychiatric clinics not realizing the persons 'problem' was not cognitive but rather hormone (pituitary, thyroid...etc). Although these glands are in the brain head area, I suppose the medical community at the time, thought all these issues are psychology, I mean how stupid when you think about it now icon_confused.gif


    Endocrinology (from Greek ἔνδον, endon, "within"; κρίνω, krīnō, "to separate"; and -λογία, -logia) is a branch of biology and medicine dealing with the endocrine system, its diseases, and its specific secretions known as hormones. It is also concerned with the integration of developmental events proliferation, growth, and differentiation, and the psychological or behavioral activities of metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sleep, digestion, respiration, excretion, mood, stress, lactation, movement, reproduction, and sensory perception caused by hormones. Specializations include behavioral endocrinology[1][2][3] and comparative endocrinology.

    The endocrine system consists of several glands, all in different parts of the body, that secrete hormones directly into the blood rather than into a duct system. Hormones have many different functions and modes of action; one hormone may have several effects on different target organs, and, conversely, one target organ may be affected by more than one hormone.

    Growth hormone deficiency

    Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) is a medical condition, caused by problems arising in the pituitary gland, in which the body does not produce enough growth hormone (GH). Growth hormone, also called somatropin, is a polypeptide hormone which stimulates growth and cell reproduction.

    Growth hormone deficiency has a variety of different negative effects at different ages; for example, in newborn infants, the primary manifestations may be hypoglycemia or micropenis, while in later infancy and childhood, growth failure is more likely. Deficiency in adults is rare, but may feature diminished lean body mass, poor bone density, and a number of physical and psychological symptoms. Psychological symptoms include poor memory, social withdrawal, and depression, while physical symptoms may include loss of strength, stamina, and musculature. Other hormonal or glandular disorders frequently coincide with diminished growth hormone production.

    The most common cause of GHD (representing two-thirds of cases) are pituitary and parasellar tumors. The origin of adult GHD may be congenital or acquired. Of those adult GHD that are acquired, roughly 15% are idiopathic, 50% are from pituitary tumors, 20% from extrapituitary tumors, and 5% from infiltrative or inflammatory lesions.

    GH deficiency can be treated through growth hormone replacement, injections of growth hormone, or radiation or surgical treatment of tumors.
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    May 09, 2017 4:34 AM GMT
    I suppose I should not solely blame my parents for this lack of knowledge when the medical community should take full responsibility

    History will look back and say, 1980 is really "recent history" relative in comparison with 18th century and the light bulb invention