Testosterone vs. Growth Hormone

Bruce Heyer haifisch at cats.ucsc.edu
Wed Apr 23 17:10:35 EST 1997


You need a medical endocrinology workup by a developmental specialist. 
High LH/low T suggests gonadal dysfunction, but there are other
possibilities.

Age 22 is too late to do anything about height.  GH therapy is given by
the early teens.  Some more recent research suggests it may not do any
long term good anyway. (Grow faster while young, but stop growing sooner.)
If you haven't stopped growing by now, testosterone will cause the fusion
of your bone epiphises which will STOP further heightening.

In article <33571710.6358 at blue.weeg.uiowa.edu>,
nburnett at blue.weeg.uiowa.edu wrote:
> I am looking for desperate answers.
> 
> Suppose a person has low testosterone levels and high LH levels.  This
> strongly indicates that the problem of not producing testosterone is at
> the testicular level.  This problem can be corrected by taking
> testosterone doses.
> 
> 1)  If this person is still growing, would the addition of testosterone
> initiate any additional growth?  
> 
> 2)  Would the addition of growth hormone (GH) along with testosterone be
> a better way to initiate growth or would testosterone be enough.  In
> other words, would GH be recommended to speed up the process or is
> testosterone simply enough to accomplish additional growth?  
> 
> I am particularly looking for answers to question #2.  I'm looking for
> answers as if this person has NORMAL GH levels to begin with.  I would
> also like to know that if this person's GH levels are low to begin with,
> what is the recommended treatment.  In particular, what is the
> recommended treatment for a person who is approaching an age where he
> will soon stop growing (age 22 or so).
> 
> Any answers or suggested newsgroups to post this would be greatly
> appreciated.
> 
> Nathan
> nburnett at blue.weeg.uiowa.edu



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