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 a decrease in energy and lean muscle mass, increase in fat, and a feeling of social isolation. Patients may have difficulty exercising. Another common symptom is osteoporosis.

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