Glucagon Blood Test

Glucagon Blood Test

Quick Overview

Useful is measuring the amount of glucagon in the bloodstream.

Test #519


Availability: In stock


Fasting for 10-12 hours required

Test Results 7-13 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

The hormone glucagon is released by the pancreas when glucose levels in the bloodstream drop.  Glucagon will prompt the glycogen, which is stored in the liver, to break down into glucose.  This helps to control regular blood glucose levels. Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar could be a sign of irregular glucagon levels.  

This test may be ordered if you have the following symptoms:

  • mild diabetes
  • a skin rash called necrolytic migratory erythema
  • unexplained weight loss

In rare occasions, elevated glucagon levels may be a product of a pancreatic tumor called glucagonoma.

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