Glucagon

This test measures the level of the hormone glucagon in your blood. Glucagon is secreted by cells in the pancreaswhen there is too much insulin and your blood sugar level is low. Glucagon helps to raise the blood sugar level. Glucagon levels may be elevated in people with a tumor in the pancreas, in people who have kidney failure, or in people who have had kidney transplants.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

You should not eat any food 10 to 12 hours before the test. You may drink water.

NORMAL FINDINGS

50-100 ng/L

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.