IGF Binding Protein 1 (IGFBP 1)

Optimal Result: 5 - 34 ng/mL.

Insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 1 is a member of the family of structurally homologous proteins (= those with a common evolutionary origin) that specifically binds and modulates the activities of IGF-1 and IGF-2.

Serum levels of IGFBP-1 exhibit considerable diurnal variation (= the variations occur in response to circadian rhythms) with levels highest early in the morning and lowest in the evening. Serum IGFBP-1 levels are controlled by insulin with the postprandial increase (= after a meal) in insulin levels producing a four- to fivefold decrease in IGFBP-1 levels relative to fasting levels.


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What does it mean if your IGF Binding Protein 1 (IGFBP 1) result is too low?

→ Type 2 diabetics tend to have low serum IGFBP-1 levels.

→ Low levels are observed in acromegaly, Cushing disease, and polycystic ovary syndrome.

What does it mean if your IGF Binding Protein 1 (IGFBP 1) result is too high?

→ IGFBP-1 levels have been shown to be elevated in type 1 diabetics and in patients with insulin resistance syndromes.

→ Patients with growth hormone deficiency tend to have elevated IGFBP-1 levels.

IGFBP-1 is the predominant IGF-binding protein in amniotic fluid and in fetal and maternal circulation. The levels are high in the fetus and newborn, but decline steadily until puberty. In a recent study of women in the second trimester of pregnancy, IGFBP-1 levels were higher in women who subsequently developed preëclampsia than in matched controls who did not develop the syndrome.

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