Somatopause is the point in the aging process where the pituitary gland’s production of Somatropin, a peptide hormone which stimulates growth and cell reproduction, decreases. Somatropin is commonly known as Growth Hormone and in humans is referenced as rhGH. Though growth ends with sexual maturity, GH continues to be secreted throughout life for the maintenance of muscle and bone mass.

Somatopause is the equivalent of hypopituitarism, or Growth Hormone Deficiency, for adults rather than children. The effects for infants and children are a shorter lifespan, optic atrophy, micropenis in boys, impaired vascular function, and short stature. It is no coincidence that many of these problems are also considered part of “aging”. Read More…

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