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Igf 1 Somatomedin C
When igf-1 is shown as high at one lab so doctor runs test at other labs until normal result obtained, which is then relied on, are any of the results valid?
Would a supplement that stimulates the liver to produce more igf 1 be harmful to people with hep c. (particulary genf20plus - HGH releaser)?
To anyone: Increasing igf-1 levels beyond normal is an invitation for potential disaster. Igf-1 has been identified as a major growth factor involved in at least breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Even in patients who are truly deficient in gh, igf-1 levels are carefully monitored. Unless you're involved in a study protocol with an academic research center, please don't try this at home. ...Read more
My igf-1 level is 75 (n=90-325)-is that good or bad? If I need to increase it, what can I do? I am trying high intensity interval training. What else?
Depends on patient: What sort of meaning a particular igf-1 level has depends on all the other issues that a patient has. A number is just a number. The endocrinologist can take into account the whole situation and help decide the next step. Low igf-1 can be due to gh deficiency, insensitivity to gh, reduced pituitary function, anorexia nervosa or other nutritional deficiencies, chronic liver or kidney disease, etc.. ...Read more
Human vs synthesized: rhIGF-1 protein is synthetic, made in E. coli bacteria and sometimes yeast that have been modified in the lab to have the gene for human IGF-1, enabling them to produce IGF-1. Plain IGF-1 protein is endogenous, coming from humans, but this is not used nearly as much anymore as the rhIGF-1 (trade name is Increlex). ...Read more
No GH excess: Hi. In our lab, that IGF-1 would be within normal limits for a 43 yo woman, so we have no evidence of growth hormone excess. However, the BMI is 36.4, diagnostic of obesity. The height is stated as "1.82 cm", but I strongly suspect you mean 1.82 m or 182 cm. This is taller than the average woman, but the IGF-1 suggests no GH excess. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are you referring: to some sort of growth factor? Just not really certain what specific product this is in reference to. ...Read more
Don't waste money: The IGF-1 products sold in health stores and on the internet as anti-aging agents have not been clinical tested and are unlikely to have any real benefit so it probably makes no difference how you take them. My advice is not to waste you money on them but try eating healthier and getting more exercise ...Read more
They aren't: There aren't any natural igf-1 supplements. Igf-1 is made in your body. It is also available by injection from a physician, not it is really in any supplement you can buy at the store or on the internet. Even if it were, it wouldn't work and would be broken down in you stomach. ...Read more
Probably not: The igf level is in the low normal range for age, and highly dependent upon time of day and other factors. Don't know why your doc would have been drawing an igf level at your age without having other abnormal lab prior to checking igf. Ask your doctor why. ...Read more
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