We begin this look at growth hormone deficiency and hypoglycemia by defining each of these conditions and explaining their symptoms.
Growth hormone deficiency occurs when the pituitary gland does not produce enough somatotropin (GH) for use by GH receptors. Since the receptor cells for growth hormone are located on most of the body’s tissues, organs, as well as in the brain, a plethora of symptoms can occur, including:
- Fatigue, low energy, poor endurance
- Weight gain, sluggish metabolism
- Brain fog, impaired cognitive functions, memory loss
- Depression, stress, anxiety, mood swings
- Muscle and bone loss
- Premature aging of the skin due to loss of collagen and elastin
- Thinning, graying, or balding of the hair
- Weakened immune system and extended recovery times
- Decreased libido and sexual performance
- Reduced glucose uptake by the cells
- Increased risk of developing many other health issues
As we continue our look at HGH and hypoglycemia, we focus on the definition and symptoms of hypoglycemia. Although many people consider hypoglycemia to be a disease, it is not. Rather, it is an indicator that something else is wrong. Hypoglycemia occurs when blood sugar levels become very low. We often hear about people becoming hypoglycemic if they have diabetes, as insulin treatment can lead to a decline in blood sugar. Symptoms of hypoglycemia include:
- Anxiety, irritability, shakiness
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Pale skin
- Tingling feeling around the mouth
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Blurred vision
- Feeling lightheaded
- Dry mouth
The effects of hypoglycemia on HGH are interesting. If you have low blood sugar, your body increases HGH production. Growth hormone helps stimulate the metabolism to break down food and convert it into glucose. The cells take in the glucose and use it for the fuel that powers the body. After you eat, the pancreas secretes insulin that will make the cells sensitive to the effects of glucose, allowing for improved cellular uptake. Insulin then causes HGH levels to decline. Excess glucose is stored in the liver as glycogen. HGH stimulates the production of insulin growth factor 1 in the liver. The pancreas secretes the hormone glucagon to break down the stored glycogen and release it into the bloodstream as glucose. More information about HGH deficiency and it’s impact on quality of life you can find here: https://www.kingsbergmedical.com/what-are-the-signs-and-symptoms-of-growth-hormone-deficiency. Also, you’ll find out the most common symptoms of growth hormone deficiency reviewed in detail.
Does Growth Hormone Deficiency Lead to Hypoglycemia?
As we explore the connection between growth hormone deficiency and hypoglycemia, many questions arise. Do low levels of HGH cause hypoglycemia? The answer here is sometimes yes, growth hormone deficiency can lead to an increased risk of developing hypoglycemia.
Low HGH levels interfere with two primary functions:
- Lipolysis – the breaking down of fats through hydrolysis of triglycerides (fat cells) into free fatty acids and glycerol. Lipolysis mobilizes stored fat for energy during exercise or fasting.
- Ketogenesis – the production of ketone bodies that break down fatty acids to supply the body with energy. This is the basis for the keto diet which puts the body in a state of burning stored fat. It is done through fasting which causes the body to increase growth hormone production.
How does HGH cause hypoglycemia?
Growth hormone deficiency decreases the processes of lipolysis and ketogenesis. HGH helps regulate blood glucose levels. The pancreas is responsible for secreting insulin that promotes the uptake of circulating glucose in the bloodstream. The more glucose the pancreas senses in the bloodstream, the more insulin it will secrete. If there is too much glucose in the bloodstream, and the cells have taken in all they can, the excess insulin continues to circulate with the glucose. The cells become desensitized or resistant to the effects of insulin. In return, growth hormone levels decline. Leftover glucose eventually becomes stored fat, leading to weight gain. A diet high in carbohydrates will increase insulin and glucose and decrease growth hormone. Insulin inhibits fasting adaptation that can lead to glucagon processing.
Additionally, if the pancreas produces more insulin than what is needed, blood glucose levels decline. Hypoglycemia can occur when there is not enough glucose left in the blood to meet the demands of the body.
Can HGH cause hypoglycemia in adults with type 2 diabetes?
Human growth hormone treatment can help people with HGH deficiency balance many hormone levels. Some individuals with type 2 diabetes have found that they no longer need insulin replacement. Hormone specialists carefully monitor people with any form of diabetes who undertake HGH therapy. Elevated HGH levels are just as bad for the body as growth hormone deficiency. That is why there is an increased risk of developing insulin resistance and changes in blood sugar levels when using HGH illegally.
How to Identify Hypoglycemia and Growth Hormone Deficiency
Identifying the signs of growth hormone deficiency and hypoglycemia are crucial. That is why we provided the lists of symptoms right away in the first section of this report. If you notice any of these changes, please contact a hormone specialist at once to discuss your symptoms.
Blood analysis is the only way to determine hormonal imbalance with accuracy. Only then can you receive a customized protocol of hormone replacement therapy that can put an end to your symptoms.