The medical use and application of peptides is becoming more popular in anti-aging and functional medicine. Peptides have significant medicinal capabilities and can be successfully used to treat a number of medical conditions including improved cognitive function, body composition, collagen enhancement, sexual function, libido, sports injury recovery and pain management, increased growth hormone levels and more!
How They Work
Peptides are short chains of amino acids linked by peptide bonds. A minimum of two amino acids are needed to form a peptide. When the chain gets longer (10 or more amino acids) it is called a polypeptide. Collectively, they are often referred to as proteins. Peptides, polypeptides and proteins are in every cell in the body and involved in virtually every metabolic process. Proper peptide balance is important for achieving and maintaining optimal health and homeostasis.
Why They Are Important
Our bodies manufacture and secrete peptides and polypeptides, to allow our vital organs (heart, kidneys and liver) to function properly. They are particularly important to the proper functioning of our endocrine system, testes, thyroid, ovaries, pituitary gland, hypothalamus, adrenals, production of the sex hormones, inflammation, and even fat metabolism.
How are they used
Peptides often have multiple uses. Many are self-injected subcutaneously, like many of the bio-identical hormones we offer at Age Management Center. Some are also available orally and topically.
How are they supplied?
Some peptides require a prescription but many are not a scheduled medicine, so they are readily available. However the quality, safety and efficacy varies greatly and it is important to only get peptides from a reputable, medical source. We only recommend use of those peptides that are supplied from a certified 503C compounding pharmacy.
How to order
If you would like more information on the use of peptides and whether they may benefit you, please call our office and schedule a time to meet with our clinical team.