A deficiency is something that fails to meet a particular need or requirement, usually due to a lack or shortage, functional quality or availability.
Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD)
Growth Hormone Deficiency occurs when the body’s pituitary gland does not produce enough growth hormone, a protein necessary for normal childhood growth and development. This deficiency can occur in infancy or childhood and in some cases is hereditary. Depending on the severity of the deficiency in growth hormone, if it is not corrected during childhood or adolescence, it will lead to growth retardation, delayed puberty and an abnormally shorten height. (www)
Testosterone Deficiency (Hypogonadism)
Testosterone Deficiency may result from disease or damage to the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, or testicles that inhibits hormone secretion and testosterone production, and is also known as hypogonadism. Depending on age, insufficient testosterone production can lead to abnormalities in muscle and bone development, underdeveloped genitalia, and diminished virility. (www)
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Last updated: Friday, 2nd March 2012