Peptide Therapy

Optimizing cell signaling and function

Amino acids are the building block of proteins; proteins are the building blocks of life.  Peptide therapy is a treatment that uses small chains of amino acids linked together to provide information to advise the body to “switch on” different cellular processes.  Different peptides signal different biological pathways, altering how our body functions.  Peptides can balance Human Growth Hormone levels, optimize body composition, sexual health, immune function, lower inflammation, improve sleep, cognition, and overall well-being.

what is peptide therapy?

 

A peptide is a short chain of amino acids that are linked together and can be thought of as a small protein. To date, over 7,000 naturally-occurring peptides have been identified. In our bodies, these small proteins typically act as signaling molecules. They bind to receptors on the cell surface and tell other cells and molecules what to do.  Simply put, think of peptides like “ringing a doorbell”…  peptides ring the bell, sending a signal to our cells.

Peptide therapy, or the use of specific peptides in treatment, has gained great popularity in recent years. This is due largely to the fact that these peptides are

 

highly specific (i.e., only do what you want them to do) while also being well-tolerated and safe. As of January 2015, there were over 60 US FDA-approved peptide medications, 140 peptide drugs being evaluated in clinical trials, and 500 in pre-clinical development.

Most of these peptide drugs are administered via subcutaneous injections, but can also come in the form of transdermal creams, nasal sprays, and oral tablets.

what conditions does peptide therapy address?

Because peptides are so numerous and variable in structure, their effects are likewise varied and wide-ranging. One class of these peptides are known as growth hormone secretagogues, and cause the secretion of one’s own, natural human growth hormone (hGH) in the body. These peptides have been shown to be very useful in the treatment of age-related conditions, osteoporosis, obesity, and various chronic inflammatory diseases, and have several advantages over traditional hGH administration.

Another type of peptide drug is composed of part of the hGH molecule that is responsible for fat cell death, and has been shown to be very effective as an anti-obesity

drug. In addition to decreasing inflammation, these drugs lead to increased lean muscle mass and decreased body fat.

Another group of peptides mimics a hormone produced in our thymus gland, which is involved in our immune function.  Our levels of this hormone naturally decline with age, making us more vulnerable to infection, autoimmune diseases, inflammation, and cancer.  Therapeutic uses of this “immune enhancing” peptide have included:  chronic hepatitis, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as overall cellular regeneration.

would you benefit from peptide therapy?

Peptide therapy has many therapeutic uses, ranging from immune modulation and tissue repair to fat loss, muscle building, and sexual health.  A thorough history is necessary to decide which peptide therapy would best meet your needs.  To find out if you are a candidate for peptide therapy, please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.   Peptides are currently not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

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Disclaimer
Disclaimer
Individual results vary, and best results are obtain by combining with a healthy lifestyle. These peptides are not approved or regulated by the FDA. Some of them have GRAS (Generally regarded as Safe) status with the FDA. These are compounded for human use by a U.S. 503A compounding pharmacy that provides these on a patient-specific basis.
It's simple— identify the problem areas of your body and we will recommend the right treatment plan for you.