There are already several reasons why a person may be diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. Those who aren’t born with the condition due to an improperly formed pituitary gland, may develop it later in life as a result of a surgical complication. Now, research has revealed that the trials of combat can also impair the natural production of these all-important growth hormones.
According to Internal Medicine News, a study conducted earlier this year has revealed that growth hormone deficiencies are relatively common among veterans who sustained brain injuries during service. Presenting this research at the annual meeting of The Endocrine Society in Houston this June, Emory University professor Adriana Ioachimescu explained that, from a group of 20 male veterans with documented brain injuries, five participants were found to have a growth hormone deficiency.
Among the participants whose test results were deemed usable, Dr. Ioachimescu stated that, while there was little difference between the memory retention, learning capability or attention spans across the two groups, the men with a deficient level of human growth hormones reportedly struggled with executive dysfunction. This condition relates to how well individuals can make decisions and monitor their own behaviors.
And, perhaps most importantly, the researchers discovered that deficient veterans reported a notably lower quality of life compared to non-deficient participants.
Adult growth hormone deficiency, or AGHD, has been linked to psychological symptoms including a heightened sense of alienation – an issue that may already face many veterans who struggle to find their place in everyday society after a military tour. In addition, people with AGHD typically struggle with their weight and often encounter weakness and fatigue. Given these realities, it is no surprise that people with this affliction may feel restricted and generally dissatisfied with their lives.
The specialists at Longevity Centres of Houston can diagnosis and provide ongoing treatment for AGHD, so those struggling with this affliction can feel stronger, healthier and happier.