People are not always aware of their GH deficiency, and the condition is under diagnosed. Some of the symptoms that may indicate a GH deficiency are:
An unusual proportion of fat to lean muscle mass; GH deficient sufferers will have unusually high fat to muscle ratios, and will present especially with excess fat around the abdomen.
Heightened bad cholesterol levels can also be an indicator of a GH deficiency, as can changes in bone density. If you are very prone to breaking or fracturing bones, this could be a sign of a GH deficiency.
GH deficient patients show a reduced ability for exercise, and present with diminished stamina, diminished general energy levels, and reduced muscle strength. GH deficient patients may also suffer from a diminished psychological well being, and or feelings of social isolation.
These symptoms can present as symptoms for a number of disorders, but a GH deficiency should possibly be evaluated if you experience one or more of these symptoms.
Children who were GH deficient, but have since stopped growing, may or may not continue to be GH deficient, and should be tested for GH levels.
The test for GH deficiency is a standard growth hormone stimulation test. This test is used to diagnose both pediatric onset and adult onset GH deficiency. There are risks and side effects with GH treatment, and patients should be made aware of these risks and side effects, as to be able to make an informed decision as to whether GH treatment is right for them.