Hormone changes typically occur with age, but can be exacerbated by several factors, including but not limited to cortisol imbalances, chronic medication use, or thyroid issues. Treatment to regulate hormones within the scope of conventional medicine relies on daily medication that provides the body with synthetic hormones to replace what it is unable to produce on its own. A functional medicine approach, however, leans on the body’s natural healing capabilities to produce and balance hormones based on an individual’s optimal level of function. One strategy precision health care providers use to help patients naturally regulate hormone levels is Peptide Therapy.
Peptides are short strings of amino acids and the building blocks of proteins that the body naturally produces. They act as the master control for many functions, including hormone production. Peptides serve as a natural growth hormone alternative, helping to improve overall health and physical performance by naturally stimulating production and release of the body’s own human growth hormone. Human growth hormone plays an important role in optimal health. Among other functions, it helps control the body’s metabolism, which in turn, helps increase or maintain lean muscle mass and decrease body fat. It also serves as a counter-regulatory hormone for insulin, helping to regulate glucose and lipid metabolism which if left unbalanced, can cause excess fat accumulation.
Peptide therapy programs may be custom-built to support athletic performance, weight management, and anti-aging. Benefits of peptide therapy may include:
- Improved quality of sleep
- Better cognitive function
- Enhanced recovery from physical training
- Decreased body fat
- Increased lean muscle
Peptide therapy can be an effective alternative to potentially harmful synthetic hormones prescribed in a conventional medicine model. If you think you may benefit from a functional medicine approach to hormone balance and improved health, schedule a meet and greet with our providers to discuss your options.