Human placental lactogen (hPL) is a hormone produced by the placenta, the organ that develops during pregnancy to help feed the growing baby. This hormone breaks down fats from the mother to provide fuel for the the growing baby. It can lead to insulin resistance and carbohydrate intolerance in the mother.
A test can be done to measure the amount of hPL in the blood. The test is only done on pregnant women.
HPL; Human chorionic somatomammotropin; HCS
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