Human growth hormone’s role in the growth processes can not be denied. It plays a major role in determining and reaching the ideal height of an individual. Nonetheless, the HGH is not only useful in the growth processes but in other processes of the body.
Because of its name, many people think that the only aim of the growth hormone is to stimulate growth processes. The HGH is not only confined to its role in growth processes, it also plays a lot of roles in many metabolism processes.
Metabolism is the breakdown of food into simple substances that can be used by the body in certain processes. It is a chemical process that breaks down some substances to be able to get energy and to process specific substances. Some of the roles of the growth hormone in metabolism are to deliver molecules, conserve sugars, build proteins and breaks fat.
The growth hormone specifically plays a role in the following metabolism processes:
1.) Protein metabolism
2.) Fat metabolism
3.) Carbohydrate metabolism
Protein metabolism concerns the breakdown of protein and differentiating the useful part from the excretion products. Growth hormone fuels the protein anabolism in tissues. This role of the GH is seen in the amino acid uptake, protein synthesis and oxidation of proteins. In fat metabolism, the GH advances the operation of fat by motivating the breakdown of triglyceride and adipocytes oxidation. Carbohydrate metabolism concerns the breakdown of glucose into energy that will be used by the body.