WHAT AGING DOES TO THE BODY?
As we age, there is a progressive decline in areas of strength, aerobic capacity, and energy among others. Growth Hormone (GH) Secretion also declines with age, and MANY age-related changes are similar in many ways to those signs and symptoms found of GH deficiency in young adults.
GH is a protein that is made by the pituitary gland and secreted into the bloodstream. GH production rise during childhood, peaks during puberty, and declines from middle age onward. GH raises the levels of Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF-1), and that is measured in the blood to monitor your GH levels.
SIGNS OF GROWTH HORMONE DEFICIENCY INCLUDE:
- A decrease in lean muscle mass
- A decrease in bone density
- Increased fat mass, particularly around the waistline and abdomen.
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Slow recovery from injuries
- Increased hair loss
- Cognitive Impairment
- Increased anxiety and depression
- Increased total cholesterol and LDL decreased HDL.
- Impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance.
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE THE DECLINE IN HEALTH AND RESTORE LOST GROWTH HORMONE?
Taking Synthetic GH long term has potential side effects and health risks, including reduced response, swelling, nerve, muscle, and joint pain.
Instead, GH secretion and production can be OPTIMIZED with the use of Releasing hormones (GHRH) or other GHSecreatgogues (GHS). These would provide a greater alternative to improve body composition, strength, aerobic capacity, and mood. The GROWTH HORMONE RELEASERS use a variety of amino acids, such as glutamine, tyrosine, GABA, arginine, and lysine, to communicate with the body to produce or release it’s own GH.
PEPTIDE THERAPY with the GHRH or GHS usually has a LOADING PERIOD OF 3-6 MONTHS, before full effects are noticed and can be used indefinitely with little or NO side effects.
PEPTIDES AND INJECTABLES:
Peptides occur naturally in the body and are present in every living cell. Like proteins, peptides are composed of amino acids and created when two or more amino acids become joined together.
There are 20 different amino acids in the human body, and mixing different combinations is what created the various peptides and proteins in the body. Peptide therapies help the body fight certain illnesses and diseases.
WHAT CAN PEPTIDE THERAPY ARE USED FOR:
- To optimize the production and secretion of the Growth Hormone for age management,
Weight management, general wellness, and to manage symptoms of chronic illness.
- To correct hormone imbalances, increase energy and mental focus, enhance sex drive, improve bone density, skin elasticity, muscle tone, and stamina; lower body fat and cholesterol levels, decrease wrinkles and decrease joint and muscle pain.
TYPES OF PEPTIDE THERAPY PROTOCOLS:
BCP 157: Improves joint health, mends muscles and tendons, accelerates bone healing, and protects against intestinal and gut damage.
SEMORELIN: Improves increased lean muscle mass and strength, decreased body fat, and increased energy and overall vitality.
RAS: This is a combination of Semorelin and Huna Chorionic Gonadotrophin (HCG) and Improves increased lean muscle mass and strength, decrease body fat, increase energy and overall vitality, and hormone balancing and weight loss support.
IPAMORELIN: Improves lean muscle mass and strength, decrease body fat, and promotes muscle recovery and increased energy and overall vitality.
CJC 1295/IPAMORELIN: Another combination of two peptides used for anti-aging purposed as well as those with inflammatory conditions, disease or those who have low IGF-! Levels.
IBUTAMOREN (MK-677): This is an oral GH peptide than can help increase GH levels, resulting in increased energy, metabolism and lean muscle mass and decreased body fat.
In short, the PEPTIDES stimulate the Pituitary Gland to release the Growth Hormone, and depending on what kind of chronic condition a person has, the respective PEPTIDES will be recommended. It is a long term treatment but certainly very satisfied with being consistent.
Dr. Kalpana Desai is Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine and believes in treating patients with Peptide Therapy for their chronic health conditions. Please call the Integrated Family Medical Center, at 352-259-6949 for a consultation or visit Dr Desai’s website, www.myifmc.com. And learn more about all the services that are provided to serve the patients.