Side Effects of IGF-1:
There are possible side effects of IGF-1 but compared to many hormones there really aren’t that many. Make no mistake, some of the possible side effects of IGF-1 can be concerning, but as with most hormones there is hope. The most common side effect of IGF-1 is hypoglycemia. Clinical data has shown that more than 40% of all those receiving IGF-1 therapy have experienced hypoglycemia at one level or another. Of those who have gone into a hypoglycemic state, 7% have experienced severe cases with approximately 5% experiencing a hypoglycemic seizure. Without question a seizure does not sound too appealing, and if you’ve ever experienced hypoglycemia that alone is something you’ll want to avoid. Thankfully, avoiding a hypoglycemic state when using IGF-1 is one of the easiest things to avoid in the world; in fact, if it occurs it’s your own fault. Before administering your IGF-1 you should consume simple sugars each and every time along with an adequate amount of food, specifically protein and a mixture of simple and complex carbohydrates. This should occur approximately 15-20 minutes before you administer your IGF-1. Once injected, if hypoglycemia symptoms begin to show, immediately consume more simple sugars and continue to consume them until the symptoms go away. The common symptoms of hypoglycemia include:
Hunger (often extreme)
Inability to Concentrate
If the symptoms of hypoglycemia begin to occur immediately consume fast acting carbohydrates such as candy bars, or any type of sugar filled food or a carbohydrate drink or juice; grape juice is a fantastic choice. If ignored, this can and in many cases will lead to severe hypoglycemia, which has the potential to be fatal. Full blown severe hypoglycemia can lead to severe disorientation, seizure and unconsciousness, but as discussed there is no reason for this to occur if IGF-1 is used properly.
Despite it being tremendously easy to avoid, hypoglycemia is the most common side effect of IGF-1 use, but there are others to consider. Some may experience joint pain or discomfort despite it typically having a positive impact on joints. Some reports have indicated tonsil growth, which can lead to the individual becoming an extreme snorer. Pronounced organ growth has also been noted in some patients, particularly the kidneys and spleen. This makes responsible use very important, and it becomes more important when we consider cholesterol. IGF-1 can increase cholesterol levels; however, this is very manageable with a healthy diet. We must, however, keep in mind that many who use it are doing so with anabolic steroids, which can also skew cholesterol levels. In order to protect your cholesterol levels, a healthy diet and lifestyle is imperative. The individual’s diet should be rich in omega fatty acids. Daily fish oil supplementation is advised. The individual should also limit saturated fats, as well as simple sugars. Granted, you will need simple sugars with your IGF-1 use, specifically timed around your use, but other than this period they should be severely limited. It is also advised that you incorporate plenty of cardiovascular activity into your daily routine. Some may also find a cholesterol antioxidant supplement to be beneficial.
IGF-1 may also thicken facial soft tissue. High doses of the hormone have been linked to facial structure growth, especially in the jaw and forehead with possible growth in the hands, feet and elbows.
The final side effect of IGF-1 is a sore or bruised injected area. The hormone is administered subcutaneously and such injections often leave a bruise. Some data has also suggested that localized adipose tissue may increase at the injected area, the precise opposite effect that occurs with HGH use. How strong is this effect? It’s a bit inconclusive, but it does appear to be possible, which would lead the individual to necessarily rotate his injection sites.
A final note: those with cancer should not use IGF-1. This hormone can increase the structural nature and strength of all cells in the human body, including those that are cancerous. If you have cancer or potential reoccurring cancer, you should not use the hormone.