Aging is a natural process. And though many of us would prefer to avoid it entirely, it is out of our control. How rapidly we age, and whether our lifestyle is worsening or easing the burden of aging, might just be within your power. If you find yourself feeling less energetic than you used to be, something might be off. Common signs of premature aging due to hormone imbalance include fatigue, loss in muscle mass, decreased exercise endurance, decreased bone density, and dry or thinning skin.
Testing your IGF-1 levels is an excellent idea for men and women of all ages. If you're worried about your teenager's growth progress or curious about why your workouts aren't what they used to be, this test can be a valuable tool. Once you get your individualized results, lifestyle and diet changes may be able to help you regain your lost vitality.
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), somatomedin C, is a hormone similar in molecular structure to insulin.
Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 or IGF-1 helps the body to regulate another hormone simply called growth hormone or GH. While levels of GH can fluctuate wildly throughout the day depending on your diet, exercise, and activity level, the amount of IGF-1 in your body remains constant. Testing IGF-1 levels can shine a light on overall hormonal balance.
Due to its stable and easily measurable nature, IGF-1 is an excellent marker to examine your health, no matter what age.
Once you receive your at-home lab test, please follow the instructions provided to register your test. Once sample(s) are sent to one of our CLIA certified labs, it will take approximately 3 weeks for your results to be returned, during which time you will receive information on how to schedule your one-one-one health coaching call.
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for general questions.
If you have a more specific question about your sample collection you may reach out to the lab directly to better guide you - each instruction sheet has the contact information available to get your questions answered promptly!
We highly recommend reading through all instructions thoroughly before planning the day of your collection to make sure you are prepared and don't have additional questions.
Make sure to hydrate with plenty of water (2-4 eight-ounce cups) a few hours prior to collection.