Insulin Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) Blood Test, from our experts to you.
Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

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What is
insulin-like growth factor 1?

Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), also known as somatomedin C, is a hormone which helps to control how rapidly your body's cells grow and reproduce.


What causes
elevated IGF-1?

Although a high level of IGF-1 is necessary for growth in children, high IGF-1 in adults is associated with the reproduction of cancer cells and the ageing process. There is a link between high IGF-1 levels and high protein intake.


Why take an
IGF-1 blood test?

IGF-1 blood tests help diagnose growth abnormalities and evaluate pituitary function. However, you may want a blood test to measure your IGF-1 if you are about to start a programme of intermittent fasting or if you have already been intermittent fasting and would like to assess the effect it has had.


What's included?

Hormones
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IGF1 Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 (Somatomedin C) is a hormone which helps to control how rapidly the body's cells grow and reproduce. Although a high level of IGF-1 is necessary for growth in children, there are negative implications in adulthood.

How to prepare
for your test

Special instructions

Prepare for your Insulin Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) Blood Test by following these instructions. Do not take biotin supplements for two days before this test, discuss this with your doctor if it is prescribed.


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