We encourage you to read the entire article below. It’s long, but you’ll get loads of great information about exactly what IGF-1 does, how it affects our health, and how we can be sure do IGF-1 “the right way”–the way where we live a long, strong, disease-free life!
IGF-1: Does Meat Cause Cancer?
IGF-1 has been making headlines, and as is typical with the media, all the news is rich in sensationalism and scant on accuracy. The unfortunate side effect of this all-too-often is confusion. This article aims to clear that confusion and set your mind at ease.
In the news, you’ve probably read that IGF-1 determines longevity. It doesn’t, at least not directly in humans. A second common concern is that meat causes cancer. It doesn’t, although there are some correlations you should be aware of. Most recently, the headlines have read that eating a diet high in animal protein is bad for you, primarily because it increases IGF-1. Certainly animal protein increases IGF-1, but the study upon which these headlines are based didn’t offer such a dramatic prognosis.
Before we really cover whether IGF-1 is good or bad, we need to briefly cover what exactly “IGF-1” is. After we know what it is, and why we need it, then we can approach the more complicated topics of IGF-1 and longevity, cancer, and disease, and also whether animal protein is actually good or bad.
Some common sense dictates that there are different types of animal protein that should be taken into consideration. Dairy products contain high levels of dioxins, which are proven potent carcinogens. So the argument could be made that toxic dairy foods can cause cancer. Factory meat also contains high levels of dioxins. However, when you read through this article, you’ll see that IGF-1 itself works in a much different way than those people who simply say “IGF-1 fuels cancer.”
What Is IGF-1?
IGF-1 stands for “insulin-like growth factor 1”, and as the name implies, it performs a similar sort of job as insulin. Most people know that insulin is related to blood glucose, and maybe that insulin helps the body move that glucose into different organs (such as the muscles or the fat).