The growth and development of young adults can be plagued with medical issues, many of these with an underlying hormonal basis. While many cases of delayed puberty can be due to constitutional delay, underlying hormonal endocrine problems may be the cause of such delay.
Gynaecomastia, the development of breast tissue in men, can happen as part of normal puberty. Often this presents a source of concern and embarrassment to the patient. Some of these cases may be secondary to a hormonal issue and may be amenable to treatment.
The young are often physically active and may sustain fractures in the course of their physical activities. In some of these cases, these fractures are the results of poor bone health and osteoporosis, which in turn could be secondary to a hormonal problem. Proper work up and treatment of these conditions can lead to significant improvement in bone health in the years to come.