Leptin resistance treatment

Viscarel or belly fat is a problem for 2 out of every three people in the United States. Recent research has shown that the leading cause of belly fat is leptin resistance. This was a break through discover by Professor Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., at The Rockefeller University, in 1994. Leptin is a hormone in the human body that is produced by adipocytes in the body also known as fat cells. It is a key hormone for maintaining a lean body. People need leptin to keep a lean body mass. The problem is that some people are leptin resistant. Studies being done are proving that being overweight is directly associated with being leptin resistant now. When a person is leptin resistant their body is unable to respond to the feeling of being full that leptin is supposed to signal to the hypo-thalamus, which is then supposed to turn off the appetite. Leptin resistance is associated with the inability to lose weight and is characterized by excess abdominal fat. This has been discovered to be a chronic inflammatory condition that increases the risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, strokes and dementia, obesity, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases and reproductive disorders.

New medications for type II diabetes are beginning to be used for leptin resistance treatment now. These medicines, which are Byetta and Symlin, can produce a dramatic weight loss in people who are leptin resistant. People are able to experience a dramatic weight loss when using these medications as a form of Leptin resistance treatment. This weight loss is experienced despite the fact that little or no change to their normal diet is made while undergoing this form of Leptin resistance treatment. When metabolic treatments and lifestyle changes are combined with these medications there is an even more significant and sustained loss of weight. Correcting the dysfunction of the hypothalamus, pituitary and thyroid glands will also correct the body’s ability to metabolize leptin properly.

The only draw back to taking these medications is that, as with most medicines, there are negative side effects that one has to contend with. For this reason people may prefer to find an all natural leptin resistant treatment. One new exciting discovery is an extract from the African plant, Irvingia Gabonensis. This herb is showing remarkable success as a viable form of leptin resistance treatment. This herb also lowers cholesterol levels as well as fasting glucose levels. It also reduces the C-reactive protein that binds leptin and makes one resistant to it. Using this herb alone can help correct leptin resistance.

However, according to certain experts a person can also make certain lifestyle changes, especially those involving a change in their diet. People who are leptin resistance are experiencing great success on a “high good fat” diet which can be used as an effective leptin resistance treatment program. These good fats are monsaturated fats like olive oil, canola oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, olives and dark chocolate. Also, one who is leptin resistant should know that eating a diet that is high in carbohydrates and saturated fats is the worst thing to do if you are leptin resistant. Foods like breads, grains, cereals, starchy vegetables, pasta etc. should be avoided at all costs if you are leptin resistant. All sugars and junk foods should be avoided. Even a low fat high carbohydrate has proven to not be effective in achieving sustained weight loss and belly fat reduction. There are also various products on the market that have been specifically designed to help treat leptin resitance. You can find out more about leptin resistance online or by talking to the professionals at your local health food stores.

Last updated on Jun 29th, 2010 and filed under Endocrine System. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

3 Responses for “Leptin resistance treatment”

  1. Jenny Hurlburt says:

    I have a 10 year old son who I believe is leptin resistant. He eats about the same as the other members in our family, but keeps gaining weight. He now weighs 160 lbs. Can he be tested for leptin resistance? Thanks for any info you can send me. Jenny Hurlburt

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