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Signs & Symptoms Endocrinology

Growth Hormone Deficiency
Signs and Symptoms

Growth hormone deficiency is most often diagnosed in children, rather than adults. Children with the condition have a slow rate of growth, usually less than 2 inches a year. In older children, the condition can result in delayed puberty or the absence of puberty.

In adults, symptoms include:

  • Decreased energy
  • Increase in fat and decrease in lean muscle mass
  • Difficulty exercising
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Skin changes (fine lines, dryness, thinning)
  • Psychological symptoms, such as depression and feelings of social isolation, poor short-term memory and difficulty concentrating

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.