Polypeptide Injections for Weight Loss in Fairfax County
In a world where people tend to live to eat rather than eat to live, obesity is an epidemic. While exercising and eating a healthy diet are the basis for any weight loss program, peptide hormone treatment may help those who have a harder time shedding pounds.
An integral part of most biologic processes, peptides are proteins found throughout every cell and tissue in your body. Good health and homeostasis – including appetite and metabolism– requires maintaining appropriate levels of these crucial biochemicals.
Peptide hormone injections may help control your appetite, decrease your fat levels, and increase your muscle mass. If you are overweight or obese , losing a few pounds can help lower your risk of conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. To learn more about peptide injections for weight loss in Fairfax County, call (703) 822-5003 or contact Proactive Wellness Center online.
Why is losing that extra weight so important?
Your healthcare provider can determine whether or not you have too much body fat by calculating your body mass index (BMI), which is your weight in kilograms multiplied by your height. You are considered overweight if your BMI is 25.0-29.9, and obese if it's a 30.0 or higher.
There are many health problems associated with being overweight or obese, such as:
- type 2 diabetes
- high cholesterol
- coronary heart disease (CHD)
- metabolic syndrome
- sleep apnea
- menstrual issues and infertility (in women)
- erectile dysfunction (in men)
While peptide hormones will not directly treat these conditions, losing weight can help prevent or treat these conditions if they're present.
How do polypeptides help you lose weight?
Peptides (chains of two or more amino acids) and polypeptides (chains of ten or more amino acids) are secreted by your endocrine system, which regulates your cardiac function, stress response, sexual function, growth, appetite, and energy metabolism.
It is their role in appetite and metabolism regulation that make peptide hormones like peptide-1 (GLP-1) useful in weight-loss treatments.
Other peptide injections that may be useful for weight loss include:
- human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG): this can quickly reduce fat stores
- sermorelin: this can trigger the production of HCG, which naturally declines with age
- growth hormone releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2): encourages muscle gain and fat loss
- growth hormone releasing peptide 6 (GHRP-6): increases energy, stamina, and muscle while decreasing fat
- CJC-1295: stimulates the release of growth hormones and aids in fat loss
- liraglutide: also known as Saxenda, this FDA-approved medication works similarly to glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), and is injected daily to help regulate appetite
One study found that with diet and exercise, Liraglutide was able to maintain weight loss achieved by reducing the calories in one's diet and cause further weight loss over a 56-week period.1
Who is a good candidate for peptide weight loss treatment?
Healthy diet and exercise are prescribed for the overweight or obese, and peptide hormones should be used only if other treatments have proven unsuccessful.
Excellent clients are patients have excess weight (particularly a body mass index that's greater than 27) and other conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes. Always discuss treatment options with your healthcare provider.
What type of practitioners provide this treatment?
Bariatric physicians are healthcare providers specializing in weight loss. If you are interested in using peptide injections for weight loss, find one in your area. Your healthcare provider or family physician is also a good resource.
What are the potential side effects or risks of this treatment?
The most common side effect of Saxenda is nausea, especially when you first start the medication. Saxenda can also increase your resting heart rate. This will decrease over time when your body gets used to the drug.
Other side effects of Saxenda include diarrhea, constipation , vomiting, decreased appetite, and low blood sugar. You should also not take this medication if you are taking medications like Victoza or GLP-1 receptor agonist.
Other potential side effects of peptides for weight loss include:
- dry mouth
- rash at the injection site
- increased nail and hair growth
- high blood pressure
- tingling or numbness in your fingers or toes
- increased hunger
Reduce your dose if you experience water retention. If you feel extreme kidney pain, stop your treatment and seek medical help immediately. The best way to minimize side effects of peptide therapy for weight loss is to follow the directions of your healthcare provider.
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Your weight can affect nearly every part of your life. Peptide hormone treatment may help you lose weight and enjoy a more active and healthy lifestyle. To learn where you can find fat burning peptides in Fairfax County, call (703) 822-5003 or contact Proactive Wellness Center online.
1. Wadden TA, et al. "Weight maintenance and additional weight loss with liraglutide after low-calorie-diet-induced weight loss: the SCALE Maintenance randomized study." Int J Obes (Lond) 37.11 (2013): 1443-51. Web. 9 July 2018.
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