This test measures growth hormone levels through a simple SST blood test. This anabolic hormone stimulates nearly every tissue in the body and when deficient, can cause a range of health conditions.
Often presenting as obesity, impaired memory and sleep, low libido, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, growth hormone deficiency can affect numerous elements of health.
Growth hormone (GH) is a peptide hormone which is secreted from the anterior pituitary gland. This secretion is regulated by the two hypothalamic hormones, somatostatin and growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH).
At the age of 60, most individuals have only 25%of the growth hormone they did at age 20. It is therefore common for signs of growth hormone depletion to present with age. For all ages however, growth hormone levels can decrease and cause issues with muscle gain and retention.
HOW IT WORKS
Step 1: Receive Pathology Forms
You will receive a package which will include all instructions, pathology form, details of sample collection locations.
Step 2: Pathology assessment
Once your samples are received by the lab they will be assessed. The turn around time for results is 7 – 10 business days but please be aware laboratory times may vary and you may experience a delay in results.
Step 3: Medical Team review results
Once your confidential results have been sent to the medical team for review, they will call you to discuss your results and appropriate treatment options moving forward.
Step 4: Results sent to the patient
Finally, a copy of your results will be sent through to you for your reference.
If you are unsure if you need this assessment or would like to know more please contact us.