Peptide therapy is a treatment that can help with the kinds of issues that affect almost everyone, including the aging process, weight loss, digestive problems, lowered immunity, and sexual dysfunction. If you have problems like these, Denise Bogard, MD, FAARFM, ABAARM, of Well Aging Med in Roseville, California, can help. Dr. Bogard is an experienced internist and expertise in regenerative medicine, including peptide therapy. Call Well Aging Med today to find out more or book an appointment online.
Peptides are made from amino acids and have many functions in the body. Some act like neurotransmitters, while others act like hormones. Many control and influence how our bodies react to diet and physical exercise. As we age, production of essential amino acids and peptides decreases. As a result, our bodies begin to show signs of aging, and cease to perform at an optimal level. Because peptides have the ability to boost your body’s own natural hormone production, they are rapidly replacing traditional Human Growth Hormone therapy.
Increases development of lean muscle growth through the development of new muscle cells
Improvements in workout and recovery
Reduced body fat through lipolysis (fat breakdown)
Increased energy, strength, and stamina
Increase muscle mass, definition, and endurance
Accelerates healing from wounds or surgery
Strengthening of the immune system
Improved regulation of other hormones
Increased natural tanning
Increased natural Human Growth Hormone production
MOTS-c: A mitochondrial derived peptide used for fat loss and muscle building.
Who? Patients who want a little extra help with fat loss in target areas as well as muscle building and anti-aging properties.
How? This peptide comes as a powder that will be mixed and self administered weekly for 15 weeks.
When? This peptide is recommended during any time of the year
Side Effects: Some burning or itching at site of injection
CJC 1295/ Ipamorelin: Similar to tesamorelin, this peptide also stimulates growth hormone release.
Who? Younger patients who are not yet candidates for Tesamorelin
How? By injection only, this is used 5 times a week, usually at night.
When? Most patients use this on and off throughout the year
Side Effects: mild tingling at site of injection
Thymosin Alpha-1: A specific thymus hormone that is reserved for autoimmune, Lyme, and cancer patients.
Who? Patients who need an adjunct for autoimmune disease and cancer treatments, or during an acute infection (such as the flu)
How? As either a self administered injection or high dose IV to boost the immune system
When? Flu season or during times of autoimmune flare or extended cancer treatment
Thymosin Beta-4: This peptide is structurally the same as a hormone released from our immune organ called the Thymus gland, to help with healing and recovery. It helps wound healing at a faster and more effective rate through stimulating a potent cascade of immune cells. This causes regeneration and protection of injured tissues.
Who? Recommended for patients who have undergone orthopedic, plastic, or reconstructive surgery. This peptide also assists any patient with an acute injury or athletic patients with muscle recovery.
How? This injectable peptide is used for 20 days at a time. It can also be used at a higher dose as an IV for acute exercise recovery.
When? It is used during an acute injury, after surgery, and throughout the year in athletes.
BPC-157: This peptide is similar in structure to a compound found in gastric secretions that has been shown to have protective qualities.
Who? In the oral form, it can be used to treat stomach ulcers, IBS, leaky gut, Crohn’s disease and other GI tract problems. In the injectable form, it’s also been shown to repair tendons and ligaments.
How? Oral capsules or an injectable form depending on what it is being used for.
When? It can be used as a post-surgical healing adjuvant alone with Thymosin Beta-4 or throughout the year for patient with stomach issues
Melanotan II: Related to the hormone Melanin, which stimulates the cells in your skin to darken into a natural tan. This in turn protects your skin from UV rays.
Who? For those looking to get an even and safe glow through a naturally occurring hormone your body emits, without the damages of natural sunlight, topical tanning chemicals, or a tanning bed. We still strongly recommend sunscreen, but minimal amounts of sun exposure will create a natural looking, even tan. At a much lower dose, it has also been shown to help heal the body after mold exposure and bring down inflammation.
How? This injectable peptide is injected daily for a short time throughout the year.
When? For best results, it is recommended to be used 1-2 weeks prior to a vacation, or during the summer for fair skin. Darker skinned patients can also use it during the winter months with low sun exposure.
Side effects: Increased libido, possible darkening of all moles and freckles
Bremelanotide: This peptide stimulates libido. Unlike Viagra, Bremelanotide works through pathways in your brain and does not affect blood flow
Who? People looking for a boost in libido
How? Like all of the other injectable peptides, it is injected using a very small needle, into the skin over your stomach or hip
When? About five hours before intimacy
Side Effects: Bremelanotide is effective, but needs to be used only in low doses because higher doses can cause nausea
Before receiving peptide therapy, Dr. Bogard needs to assess your health and see whether the treatment would benefit you.
To find out more about peptide therapy and how you could benefit, call Well Aging Med today, or schedule an appointment using the online tool.