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What is a Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Test?
A Human Growth Hormone (HGH) test is a blood test used to measure the amount of Human Growth Hormone in a patient. HGH is manufactured by the pituitary gland and plays an important role in an individual’s growing process, as well as in how a body uses food for energy, also known as a body’s metabolism. The amount of HGH present in the blood not only changes throughout the day, but is also affected by the amount of sleep and exercise an individual gets, as well as emotional stress and diet.
Who May Need a Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Test?
Human Growth Hormone tests are often used by patients as a way to monitor the use of performance enhancing steroids. Also, patients who have been diagnosed with gigantism, which causes abnormally high growth spurts during childhood and early adulthood, or dwarfism, a condition which causes a child or young adult to grow more slowly than normal, are common recipients of this test. However, adults who have experienced an increase in HGH due to a noncancerous tumor of the pituitary gland known as adenoma, causing facial bones, hands and feet to grow much larger than normal, will also benefit from having their HGH levels tested regularly.
What Should I Expect from My Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Test?
A patient receiving a Human Growth Hormone (HGH) test will have their blood drawn and analyzed for abnormalities outside of the normal range. While abnormal test results should be examined by your physician, they may indicate the potential presence of conditions related to gigantism, dwarfism or issues with a patient’s pituitary gland. Many therapies exist if these conditions are caught early enough by this test, and should be discussed with your primary doctor or a specialist.
What is Human Growth Hormone (HGH)?
Human growth hormone (HGH) is produced in the pituitary gland. It is important for growth and development in children and adolescents and also plays a role in regulating different body functions in general, like:
- Body fluid balance
- Muscle and bone growth
- Body composition
- Glucose and fat metabolism
What can cause human growth hormone levels to be abnormal?
There are many potential causes of abnormal human growth hormone levels, these can include:
- Genetic conditions
- Hormonal imbalances
- Problems with the pituitary gland
How do you test for human growth hormone?
To conduct this test, you must have a blood sample taken. The sample is sent to a lab and run through various tests that measure growth hormone levels in the sample provided.
What does human growth hormone test for?
The human growth hormone blood test can help diagnose diseases related to the pituitary gland, including growth hormone deficiency. The test is also used to detect certain types of tumors on the pituitary gland. Also, this test can aid in monitoring current treatment related to growth hormone imbalances.
Do I need to visit a doctor?
Nope. You don't need a doctor's visit to get a test with us.
How do I get my results?
You'll get your results via email as soon as they are available. We will notify you via SMS as well. You can also see them at any time in the future right in your dashboard where you can easily share them with your professional and compare them side by side with future tests.
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