We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. A needle is inserted into a vein usually in the arm inside of the elbow or on the back of the hand and blood is withdrawn and collected in a vial or syringe.
A health professional will clean the skin surface with antiseptic, and place an elastic band tourniquet around the upper arm to apply pressure and cause the vein to swell with blood. If you wish to purchase a test for someone else, please call us on 03450 600 600. Somatomedin C IGF-1. About this test Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 Somatomedin C is a hormone which helps to control how rapidly the body's cells grow and reproduce.
Collecting blood for this test will only take a few minutes. Sorry, you cannot buy the same test more than once in the same order because our laboratories need a unique order code for each test.
Tell your child to try to relax and stay still during the procedure, as tensing muscles and moving can make it harder and more painful to draw blood. The blood sample will be processed in a laboratory. Sorry, you cannot purchase a test for someone else online — tests can only be purchased by the person taking the test. Explaining the test in terms your child can understand might help ease some of the fear. IGF-1 blood tests are used to diagnose growth abnormalities, and to evaluate pituitary function.
However, as with many medical tests, some problems can occur with having blood drawn, such as:. However, you may want a blood test to measure your IGF-1 if you are about to start a programme of intermittent fasting, or if you have already been intermittent fasting and would like to assess the effect it has had.
HGH is produced by the pituitary gland, the pea-sized gland in the brain that helps control growth and the function of other glands. Corporate Partnerships Practitioners Affiliates. About How it works Walk-in London Find a clinic.
Reviewed by: Having low levels of IGF-1 is associated with slowing down the ageing process. Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
Special Instructions This sample must be taken at our London laboratory.