Low IGF-1 Treatments
Thanks to extensive research, having low IGF-1 levels is not as serious as it used to be. While it is still important to manage low IGF-1 levels, especially in children, there are a variety of methods to boost these levels. Depending on the cause and symptoms of low IGF-1 levels, the below treatments may be helpful:
Lifestyle Changes: Abstaining from smoking and drinking alcohol are two lifestyle changes that are often recommended. Both alcohol and smoking inhibits IGF-1 production in the body. While neither is necessarily good for the body, both should not have a long term effect on IGF-1 production of done in moderation.
Physical Activity: Physical activity is also required to naturally boost the body’s production of IGF-1. In fact, lifting weights is one of the best ways to increase the body’s production of IGF-1 for a prolonged period of time. This is why bodybuilders have an easier time gaining muscle mass.
Foods:A healthy diet is another way to improve IGF-1 levels. A low fat, low sugar diet is recommended to prevent insulin production, which counteracts production. Likewise, eating lean protein sources and consuming creatine can help influence IGF-1 production.
Medications: Certain medications like Exelon and Aricept boost IGF-1 levels. However, these prescription medications are only available for Alzheimer’s patients. Therefore, unless a person has Alzheimer’s and low IGF-1 levels, it is difficult to obtain these medications legally.
Injections: Injections are arguably the most effective way to boost IGF-1 levels. However, unless a prescription is issued, it is illegal to take injections. Plus, even if it is possible to obtain the necessary materials through the black market, the overwhelming majority of sold “IGF-1” is actually fake. When you add in dirty needles – using injections boost IGF-1 levels is not a viable option and is incredibly dangerous.
To legally be able to receive injections, a patient’s IGF-1 levels must be below 84 ng/ml. An ideal level is 350 ng/ml and the average adult has a level of about 250 ng/ml. Therefore, most people are not eligible for injections.
Deer Antler Velvet: An increasingly popular option to increase IGF-1 levels is using a deer antler velvet supplement. Deer antler velvet comes from the outer layer of deer antlers before they reach a fully calcified state. Deer antler velvet contains a high concentration of IGF-1, which enters directly into the bloodstream.
Deer antler velvet is the most effective way to naturally increase IGF-1 levels. Plus, deer antler velvet is safer and a more affordable option than IGF-1 injections, which is why they are becoming such a popular option for people looking to treat low IGF-1 levels.