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Growth hormone (hGH), or somatotropin, is a hormone responsible for normal body growth and development. It works by stimulating protein production in muscle cells and energy release from the breakdown of fats.
Growth hormone is made by the pituitary gland and is needed for growth. The amount of growth hormone in the blood changes during the day and is affected by exercise, sleep, emotional stress, and diet. It plays an important role in how the body uses food for energy (metabolism).
This test can be used to identify problems with the production of human growth hormone. This may involve multiple tests throughout the day and is usually taken under the care of an endocrinologist, as medication to stimulate growth hormone release may be needed for the test. Levels of growth hormone vary widely throughout the day so a single measurement of growth hormone is of limited use.
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (also known as somatomedin C) can be used to screen for growth hormone problems, and is better suited to being used as a single test because its levels vary less throughout the day.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Your Blood sample will be analysed at our chosen laboratory based in the heart of London's medical district. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from the UK's largest independent provider of clinical diagnostic tests
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Growth Hormone test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Growth Hormone test results.
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