HGH is not completely understood. We hear a lot about HGH injections, HGH supplements, and HGH use in general. We hear about using HGH as an anti aging treatment, and HGH deficiencies. Let’s look at how HGH deficiencies are tested for and what options are used to deal with deficiencies.
If your physician suspects that you have some type of HGH deficiency, he/she will generally order a series of tests for you to go through, which are designed to highlight numerous important issues. The HGH test results will reveal any HGH deficiencies that you have, including pituitary tumors and if your pituitary gland is performing far below normal capacity.
The HGH tests that are usually conducted include:
- A somatotropin hormone test
- A growth hormone suppression test
- A somatomedin C test
- A growth hormone stimulation test
A Somatotropin Hormone Test
The somatotropin hormone test is used to find out whether you are HGH deficient or have an excess. Your blood sample is collected for the test at least an hour after falling asleep. This is necessary for the readings to be accurate. The normal HGH levels for a woman is below 10ng/ml, for a male 5ng/ml, for children 10ng/ml, and newborns highest levels at between 10 – 40ng/ml. Excess levels of HGH will indicate gigantism or Acromegaly. Those with lower levels will indicate with dwarfism.
The Growth Hormone Suppression Test
This test is also known as the glucose loading test. It is used to determine that body’s basic level of HGH. The doctor will conduct the test using two different blood samples – the first one is taken before the patient is given glucose and the second one two hours after glucose consumption. The normal test result is 3ng/ml and a suppressed basic level of 5ng/ml indicates acromegaly syndrome.
Somatomedin C Test
This is one of the most accurate indicators of the level of HGH present in the blood. This test is used to detect acromegaly or anomalies of the pituitary gland. The normal test results are as follows:
- Adults: 42 – 110ng/ml
- Girls age 0 -8: 7-110ng/ml
- Boys age 0 – 8: 4 – 87ng/ml
- Girls age 9 – 10: 39 – 186ng/ml
- Boys age 9 – 10: 26 – 98ng/ml
- Girls age 11 – 13: 66 – 215ng/ml
- Boys age 11 – 13: 44 – 207ng/ml
The Growth Hormone Stimulation Test
This HGH test is also known as the arginine test or insulin tolerance and it is used to determine if the body is still producing HGH. The doctor will use an HGH release factor, which is a catalyst for the stimulation of HGH. Your physician will draw blood several times after injecting insulin. Of all the tests that can be used, this is the preferred one when it comes to HGH deficiency testing. This test uses the measurement of 10ng/ml to be the normal amount and any measurement below that indicates a deficiency.