There are associated risks with introducing virtually anything into your body.
Vitamins, supplements, and medications all list various warnings about what could go wrong.
While some risks are inherent, most problems arise by misusing a given product.
Taking too much acetaminophen can have risks in the long term and warnings can be found everywhere about it.
Sometimes the dangers of a substance can be less readily apparent.
It is these hazards that make a do-it-yourself peptide plan a dangerous idea.
Brian Graham, a Certified Peptide Specialist at the Boulder Longevity Institute says, “When it comes to peptides, protocols can be complex.”
Modulation of the way your cells operate is a powerful tool that should not be considered the same as taking a simple multi-vitamin.
Common Risks of Peptide Misuse
Like all outside interventions, peptides carry risk if proper protocols are not followed.
The rising popularity of peptides has led to many “cheap” options being offered to people.
These cheaper sources are unverified, have questionable sterility, and are without the accompaniment of an individualized therapy plan.
Risks are present even when peptide therapies are properly managed but they are relatively benign.
These can include:
- A reaction at the injection site (redness, swelling, etc.)
- An increase in fluid retention
Those that engage in self-prescribed peptide treatments are putting themselves in danger.
Some of the more serious risks that rarely occur under professional medical guidance include:
- Irreversible involution of cell receptors
- Loss of libido
- Organ enlargement
How to Avoid Peptide Misuse
The way around experiencing some devastating mishaps when using peptides is simple: consult a professional dedicated to the medical management of peptide therapies.
As mentioned earlier, peptides are complicated by nature and require advanced knowledge of how they work if a good outcome is expected.
Most physicians are limited in their scope of peptide knowledge, so visiting a certified peptide specialist is the only sure bet.
Additionally, those “experimenting” with an at-home peptide plan often source their peptides from vendors that are completely unregulated.
This can lead to suboptimal products that are ineffective or even dangerous to use.
Obtaining the Best Results
People express interest in peptides for a variety of reasons.
Some are looking to perform better in the gym while others would like to address issues with autoimmune disorders.
There are myriad reasons to investigate the powerful tools that peptides represent.
Going at it alone all but guarantees you will not achieve the full benefits of a peptide therapy.
Consult an expert for a plan that is tailored to your needs and someone who can help you execute the therapy correctly.
Peptides offer an opportunity to optimize your health and wellness in ways you might have thought were impossible.
Take this power seriously and meet with a certified peptide therapist, rather than risking it alone.