When a person has a hormonal deficiency, it is likely caused by a condition called hypopituitarism. There are a variety of symptoms caused by hypopituitarism, and they may happen over time or right away, depending on which hormones the pituitary gland is not producing enough of.
There are many types of hypopituitarism based on the hormones the pituitary gland isn’t providing, and they include the following:
Shortage of Human Growth Hormone
Adults with this condition will lose bone and muscle mass. In young children, it can lead to severely stunted growth and dwarfism.
Less-than-normal levels of human growth hormone (HGH) can also be caused by kidney disease, Prader-Willi syndrome, and Turner syndrome. HGH is used in adults to fight growth failure and to treat weight loss due to AIDS.
Too Little Adrenocorticotropin Hormone
A rare condition, a shortage of ACTH causes an underactive adrenal gland. This may lead to low blood pressure, low blood sugar, lethargy, and anxiety.
Too Little Antidiuretic Hormone
The antidiuretic hormone vasopressin is normally released by the pituitary gland to help the kidneys and blood vessels work properly. Too little of this antidiuretic hormone leads to a dramatic increase in thirst and urination. A synthetic hormone treatment can replace vasopressin.
Inadequate Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone
Thyroid-stimulating hormone is normally made in the pituitary gland, and it controls the production of thyroid hormones. An inadequate amount of this hormone in a person’s body can cause an underactive thyroid and cause fatigue, confusion, the inability to tolerate cold temperatures, unexplained weight gain, and dry skin.
Too Little Prolactin
Produced in the pituitary gland, prolactin affects a woman’s ability to breastfeed after pregnancy. This hormone tells the body it is pregnant, and it prompts the woman’s body to start making breast milk when pregnancy begins and while she is still breastfeeding.
Treating Hormone Deficiency
The goal of treatment is to have the pituitary gland work properly. If this cannot be accomplished, the patient can be treated medically, such as with hormone replacement therapy. The sooner that a hormone deficiency is diagnosed by a doctor, the sooner treatment can be started.
Who Can Help with My Hormone Imbalance?
If you suffer from any kind of hormone deficiency or hormonal imbalance, then you are well aware of how difficult it can be to achieve optimum levels of that needed hormone in your body. If you have been experiencing unexplained irritability, sleep problems, weight gain, abdominal pain, or sexual problems, it is in your best interest to visit a wellness center to get to the root cause of your issue and receive treatment promptly.
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