This panel contains the following tests:
- Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1)
- Interleukin-6 (IL-6)
IGF-1, also called somatomedin C, is primarily produced
by the liver as an endocrine hormone and plays an influential role in
virtually every system from muscle, bone, and connective tissue growth
and repair, to the selective regulation of various aspects of
metabolism, as well as helping maintain normal brain function and
IL-6 acts as both a pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokine.
It is secreted by immune cells in response to trauma and cellular damage
related to the aging process. IL-6 is essential to the body’s ability
to repair aging cells and tissues.
Life Extension® tests IGF-1 and IL-6 together because both proteins are associated with the regeneration of healthy tissues.
Fasting is not required for this test. Take all medications as prescribed.