Growth hormone (also known as Somatotropin) is a hormone synthesized and secreted by cells in the anterior pituitary. It is a major participant in the control of growth, as well as protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. In general, Growth Hormone stimulates protein synthesis, enhances the utilization of fat, and helps to maintain normal blood glucose levels. Deep sleep, exercise, stress and low blood glucose are factors that increase Growth Hormone secretion. Elevated blood amino acids and low blood fatty acids inhibit Growth Hormone secretion.
(Date published: 17/02/2005 12:39:00 PM)