Human growth hormone diseases can be determined through administering tests on individuals. Human growth hormone is the hormone responsible for growth and plays a role in metabolism processes. It is secreted by the pituitary gland and considered to be a major product of the gland. Human growth hormone is commonly referred to as somatotropin.
HGH diseases are present in forms of excess or deficiency of the hormone. Basically, HGH deficiency gives low stature to an individual and excessive HGH is related to gigantism. There are different methods of treating HGH diseases. The treatment of an individual with HGH disease can be more effective if the disease is identified earlier.
There are different tests that are used to find out if an individual has HGH disease. One of these tests is the Growth Hormone Simulation Test (GHST). GHST is used to determine the individual’s ability to produce HGH. There are several purposes of the GHST test. Some of these are:
1.) To identify delayed puberty
2.) To monitor the functioning of the pituitary gland
3.) To help in the analysis of pituitary tumors and gigantism
4.) To assess HGH therapy
Before adhering to the test, an individual must abstain from any activity that might affect his HGH levels. There are drugs that must be avoided because they decrease or increase the HGH level. Amphetamines, dopamines and corticosteroids are drugs to be avoided before the test. The patient must also avoid being stressed, avoid exercising or going into a diet because these factors affect the HGH level. The patient must also abstain from eating or drinking after midnight before the test.