Protein therapy is a form of treatment wherein protein is introduced to the body from external sources. The goal of protein therapy to aid in curing diseases which involve protein deficiency. People with various kinds of illnesses may lack protein levels in their body thus bringing up the need for low doses of protein to be introduced. Protein therapy is still being studied closely, but it is already being used for people with illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, liver ailments, and brain diseases.
In order to carry out protein therapy, protein has to be created. Fortunately, the creation of protein is not that difficult a process. Often, protein is created in the laboratory. However, it can also be taken from animals or via cell culture.
The main problem with protein therapy is the method of making sure that the protein is delivered to the site that needs it. Unfortunately, delivering protein to the patient’s body is not as simple as injecting it into the blood stream. Doing this may actually be ineffective as the protein may simply break down while in the blood stream. If this happens, the therapy is good as useless. As such, researchers are doing all they can to conduct tests that will make the delivery of protein to specific areas effective.
Currently, protein therapy research is being conducted mainly on animals. However, there are already some studies being conducted on humans. The good news is that these clinical trials seem to have positive results, increasing the likelihood that protein therapy can be used to treat diseases in the future.