Tesamorelin is a peptide which is renowned for its ability to reduce belly fat in patients who have the HIV virus. However, itís also a peptide that bodybuilders who are not HIV-positive are becoming very curious aboutÖ
Due to its ability to reduce fatty deposits in the midsection, it actually offers potential benefits to many different types of people. To help you get educated, letís talk about the basics Ė what this peptide is, how it works, which side effects it may cause, how it is injected and how to get it. Once weíve shared this information, youíll have a deeper understanding of Tesamorelin.
Discover Basic Tesamorelin Facts
Tesamorelin is marketed under the brand name, Egrifta and itís an injectable peptide which is currently available by prescription only. It functions well for deep belly fat reduction purposes due to its action upon pituitary cells which are located within the brain.
This action sparks greater production of HGH (Human Growth Hormone). It is classified as a Growth Hormone-releasing Factor peptide. HGH is a powerful substance which we make naturally in our bodies. As we age, our HGH levels decline. By our 20s, we are already making less HGH.
At the moment, this drug is FDA-approved solely for treatment of belly fat in patients with HIV. There are some who believe that Tesamorelin also has the power to improve the cardiovascular health of HIV sufferers. However, others do believe differently, so this is still under debate. More clinical studies will be needed before secondary benefits of this peptide are definitively proven (or excluded).
According to one clinical study, 10.9 percent of patients who were given Tesamorelin experienced reductions in deep belly fat. These patients suffered from HIV. Reductions in trunk fat, waist size and waist-to-hip ratios were recorded during the study. However, limbs and abdominal SC fat levels remained the same.
During treatment, insulin-like growth factor 1 was boosted. However, glucose parameters were not altered. This drug didnít trigger negative side effects in most patients. However, results were temporary, as patients who were switched to a placebo lost their improvements. The study lasted six months in total. Overall, visceral fat levels decreased by eighteen percent. By reducing deep belly fat with this peptide, bodybuilders may reveal the muscle underneath.
How Does Tesamorelin Work?
Those who are infected with the HIV virus must sometimes deal with a health issue which is known as lipodystrophy. This is a syndrome which is triggered by different causes. Certain people with this health issue (one in four of HIV patients), experience fat loss Ė however, others experience weight gain in key areas, including the throat, the chest (or breasts) and the tummy. In addition to this weight gain, increased blood fat levels and differences in insulin levels may be present.
Weight gain in the abdomen is characterized by visceral fat gain. This type of ďdeep belly fatĒ is found under the muscles of the stomach, close to internal organs, so it pushes up the risk for coronary disease. In addition, people who pack on deep belly fat due to being HIV positive may suffer from low self-esteem due to body issues. Tesamorelin helps to banish deep belly fat and may raise self-esteem. Since it works so well for people with HIV, bodybuilders wonder if it might help them to lose visceral belly fat as well!
Currently, this peptide is being utilized on non-HIV patients, in new tests. So, bodybuilders shouldnít have to wait much longer in order to find out if itís appropriate for their needs.
Side Effects of Tesamorelin
Like most peptides, this peptide does trigger side effects in some users. Since research regarding effects on HIV-negative users isnít available (it likely will be in the foreseeable future), this side effect information is based on reports from patients who are HIV-positive. Side effects related to usage of Tesamorelin include depression, trouble sleeping, sweating at night, rashes and itchiness (usually not too severe), sick stomach and skin irritation/discomfort around the injection site.
As well, patients who take the brand name version of this peptide, which is known as Egrifta, may experience swollen hands, ankles and/or feet. Some patients also suffer from pain and/or stiffness within muscle tissue and joint tissue. Wrist pain is another possible side effect of treatment with Tesamorelin, as is hand/finger numbness and rapid heartbeat. A fluttering sensation in the chest may also happen during therapy with this formula.
Those whoíve had tumors or suffer from diabetes should talk to their doctors before starting treatment with this peptide. As well, pregnant women shouldnít use the peptide, as it may damage the health of fetuses. Itís also important to discuss any allergies or current medications with a doctor before he or she may decide if this peptide is right for your needs. Contraindications may occur, even when a patient is taking over the counter meds or herbal remedies.
How to Use the Peptide
First off, youíll need a prescription in order to access this peptide. It may be difficult to get a prescription if youíre not HIV-positive, at least at the moment. In the future, this prescription-grade peptide may become much simpler to access. At present, many peptides are available without prescriptions, although some of them still require a doctorís prescription.
This peptide is an injectable. It comes in a dried format and itís meant to be reconstituted with sterile water before being injected. Full instructions should be included with each vial of Tesamorelin.
To reconstitute this lyophilized powder, add 2.1 milliliters of diluent and then combine both ingredients by carefully rolling the tube within your hands for half a minute. Donít shake the mixture before you use it. Being too aggressive while mixing it may damage its efficacy and this is why it must be handled gently at all times.
To store unused portions of this peptide, keep it in a fridge which features a temperature between 2-8 Celcius. Donít store it past the expiration date. Also, keep it away from light and donít let it freeze. Also, store diluents according to package directions.
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