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What is human growth hormone?

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The hormone that helps control growth and the chemical reactions in our bodies is called human growth hormone. (You may see it written as HGH, or GH for short.) Your body might make it in great amounts or not at all.

SOURCES:

Lab Tests Online (labtestsonline.org): “Growth Hormone.”

University of Michigan Health System Department of Internal Medicine: “Growth Hormone Disorders.”

The Pituitary Foundation: “What is the pituitary gland?”

American Cancer Society: “What are pituitary tumors?”

British Columbia Children's Hospital: "Endocrine Test Protocols."

Rhee , N. , April 2015. Chonnam Medical Journal

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 2, 2020

SOURCES:

Lab Tests Online (labtestsonline.org): “Growth Hormone.”

University of Michigan Health System Department of Internal Medicine: “Growth Hormone Disorders.”

The Pituitary Foundation: “What is the pituitary gland?”

American Cancer Society: “What are pituitary tumors?”

British Columbia Children's Hospital: "Endocrine Test Protocols."

Rhee , N. , April 2015. Chonnam Medical Journal

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 2, 2020

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