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Aging Cell. 2014 Aug;13(4):769-71. doi: 10.1111/acel.12213. Epub 2014 Mar 12.

Low insulin-like growth factor-1 level predicts survival in humans with exceptional longevity.

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Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1300 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY, USA; Institute for Aging Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1300 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY, USA.


Attenuated growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 (GH/IGF-1) signaling is associated with extended lifespan in several animal models. However, the effect of diminished GH/IGF-1 activity on survival in humans has not been confirmed. We tested the hypothesis that IGF-1 levels in nonagenarians (n = 184), measured at study enrollment, predict the duration of their incremental survival. In the Kaplan-Meier analysis, females with IGF-1 levels below the median (≤ 96 ng mL(-1) ) had significantly longer survival compared with females with levels above the median, P < 0.01. However, this survival advantage was not observed in males (P = 0.83). On the other hand, in both males and females with a history of cancer, lower IGF-1 levels predicted longer survival (P < 0.01). IGF-1 level remained a significant predictor of survival duration in linear regression models after multivariable adjustment in females (P = 0.01) and individuals with a history of cancer (P < 0.01). We show for the first time that low IGF-1 levels predict life expectancy in exceptionally long-lived individuals.


IGF-1; cancer; human; insulin-like growth factor 1; longevity; mortality

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