Tag Archives: IGF-1

Getting an Edge: How to Test to Enhance for Performance

Credit: Wikimedia, Crs9740

Credit: Wikimedia, Crs9740

What do endurance runners, triathletes, Pilates devotees, college athletes, obstacle course racers, olympic weightlifters, and CrossFitter all have in common? They all operate off of the same hormones and nutrients to participate in their sport and achieve maximum performance – but the question is, are they actually achieving maximum performance? Well, it depends on the data. Biometrics, to be exact.

When it comes to peak performance there is a specific list of biomarkers we recommend tracking, for those who are interested in taking their health and performance up a notch. A quick breakdown below: Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

It’s World Diabetes Day. Have You Been Tested Recently?

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Carol Browne

Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Carol Browne

November 14th is World Diabetes Day,* created to spread awareness of type 2 diabetes and to bring attention to promising medical advancements that can help people avoid or manage the disease.

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease, and its prevalence is growing around the world. Hundreds of millions of people have the condition, and what’s worse, nearly half of them have no idea. The damage the disease does to the body puts these people at risk of developing a number of other serious issues like cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, blindness, and loss of limbs.

In the US, more than 5,000 people per day learn that that they have this life-threatening, life-long disease. But fortunately, like many diseases, it doesn’t happen overnight. Early detection and lifestyle changes often allow people to bring their blood glucose levels back into the normal range before permanent effects settle in. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

The IGF-1 Trade-Off: Performance vs. Longevity

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During the relatively recent fireside talk put together by WellnessFX Tim Ferriss brought up the point that in some cases there may exist a trade-off or a “faustian bargain” (as he called it) between longevity and performance. Watch the fireside talk here.

Optimizing for IGF-1, otherwise known as insulin-like growth factor-1, is one such case where more performance driven goals like maximizing growth and maintaining muscle and neurons may, to some degree, come at odds with ones desire for longevity. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.