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Mech Ageing Dev. 2000 Feb 7;113(2):75-83.

IGF-1 bioavailability is increased by resistance training in older women with low bone mineral density.

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Metabolic Biochemistry Laboratory, School of Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada.


We investigated if long-term resistance training would increase insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) bioavailabilty at rest in older women (68+/-1 years) with low bone mineral density. IGF-1 levels were significantly lower (P<0.05), and insulin-like growth factor binding proteins -1 and -3 (IGFBP-1 and IGFBP-3) significantly higher than an age-matched healthy normal group. Resistance training resulted in significant (P<0.05) increases in repetition maximums across all exercises (range 41-78%). Resting IGF-1 levels were significantly (P<0.05) elevated (70%) by the resistance training whereas no significant changes occurred in IGFBP-1 and IGFBP-3 levels. IGFBP-1/IGF-1 and IGFBP-3/IGF-1 ratios were significantly decreased (approximately - 50%) as a result of resistance training (P<0.05). Thus, IGF-1 bioavailability was increased as a result of resistance training induced increases in IGF-1 levels in older women with low bone mineral density. These alterations in the IGF-1 system may be contributing to the significant strength gain observed with the resistance training in this population.

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