Modern medicine is one of those many things that have gone through almost radical transformations these past few decades. In the early 2000s, we still learned about the mechanisms behind enzyme function. Now, looking around, leading institutions are using artificially synthesized, genetically modified enzymes to treat patients who can not otherwise be healed. Once, hardly 70 years ago, we had only one single antibiotic as the sole savior named Insulin, and nowadays, the number of available antibiotics is so many that we’ve distinct classifications with alphanumeric coding to categorize them properly.
These advancements in therapeutics directly imply greater success in fighting off ailments, resulting in much-improved survival rates. Hormone replacement therapy is one such newest modality that has been getting a lot of focus lately, mainly for its miraculous ability to heal diseases that can not be treated with conventional drugs and certainly for its success rate in controlling rare genetic disorders that manifest as metabolic impairment.
Lately, there have been many conflicts and doubts over the safety and efficacy of these treatments, especially peptide therapy (as happens with any new things after the launch).
I’ve been following the developments quite closely for some time now. And I know how misleading many popular opinions can be. But tell me, is it justified if you remain deprived of the miracles of science just because some random person posed a few vague questions? No, dude. That’s not the way. Keep reading, and you’ll have all the answers you seek. I promise.
A basic overview of Hormone replacement therapy
Hormones are the chemical messengers of our body that connect all the organs and organ systems through an intricate network governed by complex signaling and feedback. Now hormones control most of our metabolic and physiological activities, aka normal bodily functions. When the production of any hormone goes down, or maybe it doesn’t match the level of demand, or sometimes, the sensitivity to that hormone decreases. Those bodily functions are severely affected as well. This is dangerous and causes many serious diseases, like ones we all know (diabetes, hyperthyroidism, etc.) to rare syndromes that are mostly unheard of (Hashimoto disease, lupus, sarcoidosis, Cushing syndrome, Addison syndrome, etc.). The range is quite terrific!
Know your therapy: Peptide Injections and more.
Tell me first, what are these peptide injections?
Peptides are short-chain amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. Peptides have many uses, including skin care, muscle growth, joint recovery, anti-aging, and weight loss.
To put it simply, peptides are one particular class of hormones that includes the likes of our natural growth hormone, thyroid hormone, adrenaline insulin, etc. These molecules are inherently synthesized in the body. However, in many persons with hormonal and metabolic syndromes, these hormones are given as supplements through peptide injections.
Once these Peptide injections were simply collected and processed from the endocrine glands of animals like rabbits, horses, Guinea pigs, and even, in many cases, mice, the problem with that is these non-human source molecules seem to be foreign molecules when they enter our body. Usually, these chemicals don’t react very well with our systems. So, in recent decades, after the advancement of recombinant DNA technology, genetic engineers have been producing these molecules by novel synthesis using specially modified, amplified genes in laboratory and industrial settings alike.
So nowadays, peptide hormone replacement is like getting any other drug, say a shot of Domperidone!
Who needs peptide therapy, anyway?
Peptide treatments are mainly needed for people who are :
- Facing abnormal growth hormones levels such as dwarfism ( deficient hormone), gigantism, and acromegaly (excess hormone).
- Congenital thyroid gland abnormalities in children
- Pituitary gland atrophy and other chronic disorders
- Adrenal gland deficiency
- Pancreatic damage – infection, necrosis, atrophy, etc
- Diabetic patients
Now you know what is peptide therapy, and the next question pops up soon, which asks, “Well, is it even safe to take a peptide injection? Won’t there be repercussions if I manipulate the body’s natural mechanisms?”
With a new treatment modality, asking such skeptical questions is justified enough. But no worries, I’ve got you covered. Onto that part now –
Is it safe to get peptide injections?
In a single sentence, yes, it is 200% safe; I can tell you unless you start self-medication or leave the treatment regimen midway. That can be dangerous.
Is it true that taking hormones can mess up your body? Will I face the consequences later?
Generally, external doses of hormones are associated with many side effects as these certainly interfere with normal body physiology, and the dynamic balance among all the systems that persist in our body gets disturbed. Some erratic changes follow in bowel habits, loss of appetite, sleep cycle, fatigue, unexplained pains, and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, etc. But when you’re under the supervision of an experienced endocrinologist, then nothing like this happens because your doctor will regulate and monitor the dose round the clock to suit your needs
Is it effective at all?
Mostly. It is. In most hormone deficiency syndromes, the problem is in the internal physiology that can be suppressed but not cured using regular drugs. Artificial Hormones, mimicking our molecules, can pull a few strings and almost completely treat the symptoms I mentioned. You will have to take small doses for months, maybe years. But in the end, victory will be yours.
Types of available peptide therapy
Polypeptide injections are available in many forms to suit the needs of different patients. The most common ones are :
- CJC1295 4mg + 4mg Ipamorelin Blend 10ml
- TB-500 5mg & 15mg
- BPC 157 10mg
- PT-141 10mg/ml 5mg Nasal Spray & injectable PT-141 10mg/ml 2ml (Used for ED)
So now you know all the talks of the trade, then what’s stopping you? Get that long-due hormone replacement therapy that your doctor prescribed long ago.