Peptide Therapy Treatment
A peptide is a chain of linked amino acids, often referred to as a small protein. In our bodies, these proteins signal molecules and help bind receptors on the cell surface. This process tells other cells and molecules what to do. Peptide therapy involves the use of specific peptides to treat medical issues.
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. 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 are administered intradermally, however some are produced in the form of creams, sprays, and tablets.
What Conditions Does Peptide Therapy Treat?
Various peptides can be used to treat a wide range of issues. The class known as “growth hormone secretagogues” causes the secretion of one’s own natural molecules in the body – helping to treat age-related conditions, obesity, osteoporosis, and chronic inflammatory diseases. In addition to reducing inflammation, peptide therapy can lead to increased muscle mass and decreased body fat. Another class of peptide is used to help prevent skin cancer – by increasing the melanin level in one’s skin. This peptide has also been shown to increase lean muscle mass and improve sex drive.
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