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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Growth Hormone (GH),also known by its chemical name as somatotropin, is aprotein made up of 191 amino acids. It's functions are primarily growth, repair,and development, as well as increasingmuscle mass, bone density,and maintaining metabolism. GrowthHormone What Is It? Acromegaly Every three to five hours, GH is released in around of ''pulses'' into the bloodstream. GH is not produced directly. Another hormone, called the growth hormone releasing hormone(GHRH), is secreted by the hypothalamus, whichstimulates the pituitary gland to releaseGH into the bloodstream. How is it produced? Excessive amounts of growth hormone in adults can lead to a condition called acromegaly, in which the extremities of the body are enlarged. While not dangerous itself. acromegaly can lead to other conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, etc. Excessive amounts of growth hormones in adultscan lead to a condition calledacrogemaly, in which theextremities of the body enlarge. Acromegaly can lead to other conditions such as diabetes,arthritis,and high blood pressure. Gigantism & Dwarfism In children, too much GH can causegigantism, the extreme growth in height.On the contrary, too little GH in childrencan result in dwarfism, which is delayedgrowth.Both can lead to deadly illnesses. Did You Know..? Maurice Tillet, the French-American professionalwrestler suffered from acrgomegaly. Reports claimthat Shrek was influenced by Tillet. A lot of bodybuilders intake synthetic forms of GH to enhance their musclebulk while decreasing fat. Growth hormone is thought to have anti-aging properties sinceit maintains the tone and texture of the face. You & Your Hormones. (n.d.). Retrieved December 6, 2014, from Citations You & Your Hormones. (n.d.). Retrieved December 6, 2014, from Human Growth Hormone: Everything You Need to Know About HGH. (n.d.). Retrieved December 6, 2014, from Was. (n.d.). Retrieved December 6, 2014, from
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