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Review Article

The Insulin-Like Growth Factor System and Nutritional Assessment

Table 2

Features of the ideal protein-energy marker.

Short biological half life
Exists primarily within an accessible body fluid
Limited homeostatic regulation
Constant rate of catabolism
Uninfluenced by vitamin or mineral status
Uninfluenced by pathology other than malnutrition
Measurement simple, cheap, and available locally

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