A peptide is a small protein and over 7,000 naturally-occurring peptides have been identified that occur in our bodies. Peptides typically act as signaling molecules by binding to receptors on the cell surface and telling other cells and molecules what to do. Insulin is a familiar example of a peptide.
Peptide therapy is highly specific and also 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 injection, but can also come in the form of topical creams, nasal sprays, and oral tablets.
Peptides may be used to increase the output of growth hormone and are useful in treating age-related conditions such as obesity, osteoporosis, loss of muscle mass and various inflammatory conditions including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and autoimmune diseases. Some peptides can cause an increase in melanin which darkens the skin and mimics a sun tan. Other peptides can improve sex drive and erectile function.
Growth hormone stimulating peptides are some of the most popular peptide therapies, and are called growth hormone secretogogues.
Peptide therapy is very simple and typically involves self-administering a subcutaneous injection once/day. We order peptides from Tailor Made Compounding and they are shipped directly to patients.