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Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

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The growth hormone test measures the amount of human growth hormone (HGH) in the blood at a specific point in time. Human growth hormone is made by the pituitary gland and is needed for growth. Human growth hormone also helps regulate your bodies metabolism. The amount of human growth hormone in the blood changes throughout the day and is affected by sleep, stress, exercise, and diet.

Human growth hormone level abnormalities during childhood can cause a child to grow larger than normal or to grow less than normal. High levels of human growth hormone in adults can cause the bones of the face, jaw, hands and feet to grow larger than normal.

Human growth hormone therapies have been the focus controversies for many years. Human growth hormone replacement therapy is now prescribed as an anti-aging treatment and for a variety of other reasons. Human growth hormone therapies in healthy individuals have been found to provide some benefits such as an increase in muscle mass but with frequently reported side-effects.