hello im 5'9.5" 150 lbs. started at 120lbs and gained to 150lbs. it is extremely hard to gain weight for my ectomorphic body type. iv been working out 3 days out of the week doing full body exercises and iv seen changes through my whole body ,but my arms are still super thin from the front. from side they look very nice but from the front they look very thin and weak ,anyways i was wondering is their a medical reason or something why my arms wont really grow they are 13.5 flexed and i cheat barbell curled 85lbs for 6 reps ,and i do weighted dips with 60lbs 3x8 with good form. i was thinking about taking this medical, i was thinking about taking a blood test to check for my
1. Testosterone, Free (Direct), Serum with Total
2. Human Growth Hormone
3. Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1)
the test is very expensive. iv taken a Dihydrotestosterone blood test and my doctor told me i was fine.
if i have low hgh and igf-1 wouldn't that mean that my chest and other body parts wouldn't grow too? because its just my arms. i often get **** about it because it seems my arms are too thin for my body. but when i take my shirt off my body looks proportional. here are my stats
is the growth hormone in a normal range for a 23 year old? and i also took a blood test at my gp and for chemistries my liver function and kidney function is fine and my thyroid(tsh) is at 1.344 which is also normal.
Your IGF-1 of 278ng/dl is normal and for growth hormone I would suggest you to repeat the test at another laboratory.
Growth hormone secretion is also part of a negative feedback loop involving IGF-I. High blood levels of IGF-I lead to decreased secretion of growth hormone, so repeat both of them after a month to monitor your progress.
If the 2nd report suggests that your growth hormone levels are low for your age then follow up with and endocrinologist, who is an expert to diagnose the reasons for GH deficiency.
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