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Frequently Asked Questions About HGH Test
What is a HGH Test?
Human Growth Hormone test is the full form of HGH test. HGH test is done to identify various problems resulting from the deficiency or excess production of Human Growth Hormone. It is a simple blood test taken to evaluate the growth hormone present in the blood.
IGF 1 Blood Test:This hormone along with HGH helps to promote bone growth and tissue development.
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What is Human Growth Hormone?
Human Growth Hormone is the natural hormone produced by the pituitary gland and discharged into the bloodstream. Pituitary gland is a tiny pea-sized organ located at the base of the brain. It produces hormones that control various body functions.
HGH is the hormone that helps to control the growth and chemical reactions in our body.Growth hormone is very important for the children’s normal growth and development. It is also essential for tissue repair, muscle growth, bone strength, brain function, physical and mental health, energy and metabolism.
Who should take a HGH test / Growth Hormone test?
Your doctor may recommend you to take a HGH test if you face the following problems.
- Acromegaly (Excess growth of hands, feet, facial bones and other body parts)
- Weakening of bones
- Delayed puberty
- Feeling tired
- Decline in muscle mass
- Increase in body weight
What happens in a HGH Test?
Human Growth Hormone Test is similar to a normal blood test. The technician will take a blood sample in the beginning. After that, the assistant will inject a dose of medicines which includes arginine, glucagon, insulin and clonidine to stimulate the pituitary gland to release growth hormone. He will take a blood sample once in 30 minutes. The samples are not large, just a couple of teaspoon over the day.It is advisable to take rest after giving the blood samples.
HGH Test usually takes about 3 hours.
Is there any preparation required before the test?
Growth Hormone test does not require any special preparation. You should wear a comfortable dress. If you are taking any medications, inform your doctor before the test. Don’t exercise or do workouts before the test. Some doctors may ask you to fast up to 12 hours before the test.
Follow the instructions of your doctor because sometimes the preparation depends on your body and health condition.
What can I expect from a HGH test result?
The result will show either low secretion of Growth Hormone or excess secretion of Growth Hormone. Deficiency in hormone may lead to dwarfism, slow growth, reduction in bone density and excess secretion of hormone may lead to gigantism, acromegaly or tumor. HGH test helps your doctor in further diagnosis.
As Growth Hormone issues may be related with other glands, your doctor may recommend you to take some additional tests. Sometimes he may prescribe some medications, therapies and surgery.
What are the side-effects of HGH test?
As it is similar to a normal blood test, it has no possible side-effects. Some people may feel fainting after giving their blood samples.
How long does it take to get the result?
It takes 2 to 3 days to get your HGH test result. The lab will process your test result and send it to your doctor who will then discuss it with you.