insulin-like growth factor

noun

Definition of insulin-like growth factor 

: either of two polypeptides structurally similar to insulin that are secreted either during fetal development or during childhood and that mediate growth hormone activity

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Moreover, the sugar in dairy products causes the body to release insulin-like growth factor, which triggers inflammation and breaks down collagen and elastin. Allure, "Do Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, or Low-Carb Diets Actually Work?," 16 May 2018 According to an article published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, which reviewed 41 studies, hormones like testosterone and insulin-like growth factor are reduced under sleep-deprived conditions. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "4 Habits That Can Take Your Fitness Routine From Good to Great, According to Gunnar Peterson," 8 Feb. 2018 Testosterone, human growth hormone, and insulin-like growth factor are particularly important here, explains Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM, chief science officer for the American Council On Exercise. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "Why Some People, Like Brittany Snow, Can Naturally Build More Muscle," 18 Dec. 2017

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1976, in the meaning defined above

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insulin-like growth factor

noun
in·su·lin-like growth factor | \ˌin(t)-s(ə-)lən-ˌlīk- \

Medical Definition of insulin-like growth factor 

: either of two polypeptides structurally similar to insulin that are secreted either during fetal development or during childhood and that mediate growth hormone activity especially : insulin-like growth factor 1

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