Comparison of human growth hormone levels in children with satisfactory and unsatisfactory growth

Hum Nutr Clin Nutr. 1987 May;41(3):209-13.


Sixty-six children with satisfactory growth and 73 with unsatisfactory growth (both sexes) from three different age groups (1 year, 5 years and 10 years) were included in this study. It was observed that the serum concentrations of human growth hormone (hGH) in children with satisfactory growth ranged from 1.00 to 4.00 ng/ml and never exceeded 4.00 ng/ml. In a comparative study there was a significant increase in serum hGH levels in subjects of all age groups who were not growing satisfactorily. Twelve children between 12 and 13 months of age with unsatisfactory growth were nutritionally rehabilitated for 4 months and the changes in weight and serum hGH levels were assessed monthly. The results indicated a definite fall of hGH level after rehabilitation and reached the normal level 3 months after rehabilitation. Moreover, an inverse relationship between body weight and serum hGH level was observed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Body Weight
  • Child
  • Child Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Growth Disorders / blood*
  • Growth Hormone / blood*
  • Growth*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Myanmar
  • Nutrition Disorders / physiopathology*


  • Growth Hormone