Do you have any of these Symptoms?

Each of the following symptoms can be caused by failure of your pituitary gland. Select a symptom from the list below to see which hormone/s could be deficient.

If you have these symptoms (not necessarily all of them), they could be caused by failure of your pituitary gland.
Read about the different pituitary hormones and how insufficiency/excess in any of them can affect you.

Growth hormone deficiency (GHD)

Growth hormone deficiency can cause:

  • increase in body fat (especially around the waist)
  • decrease in muscle
  • less strength and stamina, less ability to exercise
  • weaker bones, more fractures in middle age and beyond
  • more LDL blood cholesterol, less HDL
  • excessive tiredness
  • anxiety and depression
  • feelings of social isolation
  • brain fog and memory problems
  • poorer ‘quality of life’
  • increased sensitivity to cold or heat
  • decreased sex drive*
Depression and weight issues

Robert: “Inexplicably around 15 years ago I began piling on weight until I could hardly recognise the person I once was. I was exhausted, depressed and in pain. My joints swelled up . . . I made suicide attempts in 2007, 2011 and 2012.”

The Pituitary Foundation Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency | The Pituitary Foundation
*Impact of adult growth hormone deficiency on daily functioning and well-being – PubMed (

For how to test if you have Growth Hormone Deficiency, see ‘Diagnosis’ page.