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your IGF level is supposed to be 220-
I thing I think you may want to know also is that I have high blood pressure and am currently on a few medications for this problem also
I am calculating this out
ok =0 anything else
been overweight and have lost about 20 lbs in the last 6 weeks. was at 239 at 220 now.
Did you get the IGFBP-3 level?
let me look
or any GH suppression test?
what is that. is that blood work
no i do not have either one of those. They do not do that at that clinic
well, the concern about elevated igf-1 is a pituitary tumor which is secreting growth hormone.
Patients may also experience the complications of cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus, as well as various other signs and symptoms
is 234 really high for my age and how do they test for the tumor
I have no real signs or symptoms
Well they would do a MRI of the brain
It is a calculated number- AGE- 20= N
yours is 30.
then 250- 3N= the magic number
Yours is really not much elevated
Honestly, the safest and most practical way to look at this is to get it rechecked in a month
If this is elevated then they can do a more definitive test for acromegaly which is the oral glucose tolerance test. THe OGTT
And if this is elevated, then they do the MRI of the brain
because testosterone can increase the igf-1
SO your endocrinologist is doing the right thing
You should be off at least 10 days
but 95% of pituitary tumors are benign and easily treated
so I would NOT freak out about it
how are they treated.
Treatment for a pituitary tumor depends on the type of tumor, its size and how far it has grown into your brain.
It can be surgery or medication to shrink the tumor
or watchful waiting
OMG i am sorry but I have also been taking HCG with the test at the advice of the doctor. Could this have anything to do with it.
honestly the jury is out on that one=
some endocrine reports say yes, some say no
but in your case, probably stopping that as well, the test and getting retested would be the best idea
you have too many confounding factors
did you see that?
yes i thought it would be confusing. Just when you hear tumor if is a little scary. You do not feel that the levels are to out of line though? correct? also, what levels would be considered very high for my age? Thank you for your time and help. God bless.
No, I don't they are not that high and they could be explained by the hormones supplementation you are taking
what levels would be real high for my age. last question
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I did not get your last answer sorry
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you saw 250+?
you provided me with great answers. thank you