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Growth Hormone Research

Growth Hormone Research

Numerous research studies are investigating medications designed to raise or lower growth hormone levels, and to better understand and treat the conditions that have a genetic (inherited) cause. Current research is focusing on:

Existing and future medications


Research continues to be conducted on the proper dosage, safety, effectiveness, and long-term effects of growth hormone medications for children and adults. Similar research is being conducted on drugs that treat people with high growth hormone levels.

Genetic testing


A promising area of research is genetic testing for conditions that have a genetic cause, such as pituitary dwarfism and Turner syndrome. Genetic testing can be used to examine a person's genes to identify if that person has a genetic disorder, is likely to develop a genetic disorder, or is at risk of having a child with a genetic disorder.

Additional uses


Numerous research studies are investigating using growth hormone therapy for additional conditions associated with bone loss, muscle wasting, and aging. Therapies that combine growth hormone with estrogen, testosterone, insulin-like growth factors (IGF), and other hormones are also being investigated.