ACTH Hormone: Purpose, Procedure, And Results

Covid Sample Collection in Amritsar

ACTH stands for Adrenocorticotropic Hormone is a hormone produced in the anterior or front pituitary gland in the brain. The function of this hormone is to regulate the levels of a steroid hormone called cortisol released by the adrenal gland. Cortisol is a type fop natural built-in alarming system that is present in most of the body cells, helping them in controlling blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, reduce inflammation, and can be associated with the formulation of memory. 

ACTH has many names which are:

  • Serum Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
  • Highly-sensitive ACTH 
  • Corticotrophin 
  • Cosyntropin (a drug from ACTH)

An ACTH test measures the levels of ATCH and cortisol in the blood which also helps in testing the diseases associated with more or less cortisol in the body. The most possible causes of having these diseases can include:

  1. Pituitary or adrenal malfunction
  2. Tumor in the pituitary gland
  3. Tumor in the adrenal gland
  4. Lung tumor

The test is usually done first thing in the morning by the service provider of Covid Sample Collection in Amritsar. At this time the levels of the hormone are highest. Doctors are likely to schedule the test very early in the morning. 

ACTH test can be recommended if you have symptoms of having too much or too little amount of cortisol. The symptoms can widely vary from person to person and can be the signs of some health issues as well. 

According to the Covid Sample Collection in Amritsar, the symptoms of high cortisol can include:

  1. Obesity, 
  2. Rounded face
  3. Fragile and thin skin
  4. Purple lining on the abdomen
  5. Weak muscles 
  6. Acne
  7. Increased body hairs 
  8. High Blood pressure
  9. Low potassium levels
  10. High bicarbonate level 
  11. High glucose levels 
  12. Diabetes 

Symptoms for too low cortisol are:

  1. Weak muscles 
  2. Fatigue 
  3. Weight loss
  4. Increased skin pigmentation (areas which are not exposed to sun)
  5. Appetite loss
  6. Low blood glucose level 
  7. Low blood pressure 
  8. Low sodium level 
  9. High potassium levels 
  10. High calcium levels

The service of Covid Sample Collection in Amritsar has also been taking samples for many other tests and their digital results. 

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