About Insulin Like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) Blood Test
What is insulin-like growth factor 1?
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) is a protein produced by the liver in response to growth hormone. It is responsible for mediating many of the effects of growth hormone in regulating cell proliferation and growth. In childhood, high levels of IGF-1 are necessary to sustain growth and development. In adults, the level of IGF-1 is typically significantly reduced comparatively. IGF-1 deficiency in childhood is associated with growth problems such as dwarfism. Elevated levels in adults are associated with certain types of cancer and ageing.
Why take the test?
This test measures the level of IGF-1 in the blood. It is typically used to diagnose growth problems in children and abnormal IGF-1 production in adults.
How it works
Order your kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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