Managing acromegaly can alleviate symptoms of the disease, help you feel better, and may reduce the risk of more serious health issues associated with the disease. It is important to begin treatment of acromegaly soon after diagnosis, so you and your health care professional can work toward managing multiple aspects of the disease — including the tumor, growth hormone (GH) levels, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) levels, and symptoms.
Acromegaly is also associated with a greater possibility of complications such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Upper airway obstruction, sleep apnea
- Colon polyps and colon cancer
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You can help manage your own health by being aware of your GH and IGF-1 levels and working with your health care professional to achieve normal levels. This is important because recent studies of patients with acromegaly have shown that when GH levels are high for long periods, the complications shown above may result in serious outcomes. Effectively managing acromegaly has also been shown to improve or even reverse some of the early signs and symptoms that you may be experiencing, such as headache, soft tissue swelling, sweating, acne, joint pain, fatigue, sleep apnea, and hypertension.
Why is managing acromegaly important?
Even after a successful pituitary surgery, there is still up to a 45% chance of the tumor returning. GH and IGF-1 levels that were initially controlled after surgery could begin to elevate again. Patients with acromegaly should be monitored on a regular basis for years after surgery to detect if the disease returns.