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If you are struggling with chronic health issues – the way I used to – you probably have piles of lab tests that can potentially tell you a lot about your health. ACTH may be one of them. However, doctors never had enough time to explain it properly. They will only notice it if the lab flags your test results as outside of normal. But what if all your results are coming back normal, yet you know you are feeling nowhere near healthy? They may even tell you there is nothing wrong with you, and that it’s all in your head – I’ve been there.
Lab Test Analyzer is the tool I wish I had when I was dealing with all my health issues. Instead of normal, it will tell you the optimal values for ACTH and many other lab tests. And if you are outside the optimal range, it will give you actionable tips and recommendations that will help you get there.
Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), also known as corticotropin, is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. It is often produced in response to biological stress.
It increases production of the stress hormone cortisol when physical or mental stress occurs [R].
ACTH is regulated by corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), which is from the hypothalamus.
Benefits of ACTH
ACTH Prevents Cortisol Deficient-Related Diseases
Addison disease or primary adrenal insufficiency can be caused when there is not enough ACTH (R).
Pituitary insufficiency – the front of the pituitary gland stimulates ACTH production and so an insufficiency would lead to a consequential ACTH insufficiency (R). The hypothalamus controls the pituitary gland, which regulates ACTH production. An insufficiency limits ACTH production (R).
Defects in enzymes involved in cortisol synthesis prevents enough production of certain important hormones. In children, congenital adrenal hyperplasia (enlargement of the organ) regular formation of genital formation especially, can be stunted but can be treated with proper medication (R).
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ACTH acts as an anti-inflammatory and decreases inflammatory cytokines (R).
ACTH also enhances transcription of mitochondrial genes that encode for subunits of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation systems.
These actions are probably necessary to supply the enhanced energy needs of adrenocortical cells stimulated by ACTH (R).
If this is physiologically important, it probably functions in conditions with short-period or intermittent ACTH signaling, since with continual exposure of osteoblasts to ACTH, the effect was lost in a few hours.
Drawbacks of ACTH
Too Much ACTH Causes Cushing Syndrome
ACTH-producing tumor causes slightly less intense of symptoms as regular Cushing syndrome (R).
ACTH Can Increase Blood Pressure and Anxiety
ACTH increases blood pressure in humans [R].
Irregular ACTH Levels?
If you have not yet tested your ACTH levels, I recommend that you ask your doctor to do it. If you already have your blood test results and you’re not sure what to make of them, you need to check out Lab Test Analyzer. It does all the heavy lifting for you. No need to do thousands of hours of research on what to make of your various blood tests.
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