IGF-1 Blood Test

IGF-1  Human Growth Hormone

The IGF-1 blood tests are commonly used when growth abnormalities are suspected. The results can help physicians determine the cause of delayed or stunted growth, as well as disorders such as hypopituitarism, pituitary gland disorders, hyperpituitarism and several other disorders. Other common uses of the IGF blood testing is for children with bone growth delays, suspected of the pituitary gland disorders or those receiving radiation of the central nervous system.

IGF-1 Blood Test Reasons

The IGF blood tests are recommended because they can diagnose and prevent certain health conditions and are important part of anti-aging therapies. When growth hormone abnormalities are presented, they can lead to serious conditions such as Diabetes, vision troubles, high blood pressure, colon polyps and many more. By having a blood test to measure the level of growth hormone, individuals can have insight into growth delays, delayed development and pituitary gland deficiencies; the blood testing is recommended for anyone suspected of growth hormone abnormal levels, children with growth delays or those with a history of pituitary gland problems.

Levels & Normal Ranges Of The Blood Testing

The normal range for the IGF-1 blood test is a level of at least 10 ng/mL. The indeterminate level is between 5 and 10 ng/mL and abnormal levels are 5 ng/mL. Factors that can affect the blood testing are stress, exercise and certain type s of medications such as Amphetamines, Dopamine, Estrogen, Histamines and Insulin. Measuring the growth hormone within the blood stream can be helpful to physicians in children that exhibit growth delays, as well as adults that have bone disorders or delayed growth.