The pituitary gland, a pea-shaped endocrine gland weighing about 0.5 grams, is the key organ in the human body playing a major role in human growth and aging. Located at the base of the brain i.e. at the bottom of the hypothalamus, this seemingly small gland is capable enough to alter various life processes including growth, ageing, breast milk production in women, sex organ functions, body temperature regulation, metabolism rates and it even dictates the body’s water balancing mechanism.
Popularly referred to as the body’s most valued hormonal gland, the pituitary is structurally divided into two major portions i.e. the anterior pituitary which secretes a number of vital hormones like the growth hormone(GH), the thyroid stimulating hormone(TSH) ,the adrenocorticotropic hormone(ACTH),and, the posterior pituitary, which stores and secretes hormones like Oxytocin and ADH (Anti-diuretic hormone).
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As we grow old, our body starts functioning at a much slower pace than usual. This is brought about by the decelerated secretions of the endocrine system of our bodies.
The natural deteriorating process thus takes its toll on the amount of hormones that are generally secreted by the various hormonal glands of the body. Thus, these lessened secretions accelerate the ageing process, which is generally hindered at a much younger age. Consequently, the growth hormone generated by the anterior pituitary considerably reduces, thus inducing somatotropic alterations.
The Human Growth Hormone, abbreviated as HGH, is a protein based peptide hormone. Not only does it affect physical human growth, but also the regeneration and development of body cells and tissues. Growth of children is largely affected by the quantity of HGH secreted respectively by each child, which varies from one person to the other.
Any abnormalities in the HGH secretion may lead to conditions like Dwarfism & Gigantism. Biologically speaking, the Human Growth Hormone has a vital role in determining bone density and calcium retention levels of the body. As a result, this affects the body’s ability to absorb and utilize the protein that is consumed by us in our day-to-day lives.
The HGH is a major contributor as far as the growth of body muscles as well as other vital internal organs like the heart, liver or lungs, is concerned. Thus, the overall health and fitness of the body is greatly influenced by the HGH hormone, which in most cases has also been known to restore deep sleeping habits in humans.
Nowadays, HGH is also administered artificially in the form of tablets to patients complaining of insomnia, tiredness, loss of vigour and other symptoms suggesting a lack of good health. Amazingly enough, HGH can also prove to be a boon for patients with terminal diseases like AIDS, by disrupting and preventing muscle decay, ensuring them a longer and healthier life.
Research shows that HGH has also been reported to have delayed the natural aging process, thus, restoring youth. Also known as a fountain of youth, the Pituitary gland indeed has a major function in the maintenance of good health. Regards to HGH, a few doses of it, and you can feel young all over again.