Our expert says:
I agree with most of the statements made in the article you quote, except the last one. If you have a leptin deficiency then it is not really possible to restore the normal levels. But a true leptin deficiency is very, very rare. If you suffer from 'leptin resistance' (ie your body makes enough leptin, but the hormone can't act as it should in the body because the cells are resistant to it) then according to our present understanding of the situation, this can also not be remedied). Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then do a Search for the article "LEPTIN - IS IT THE ANSWER TO OBESITY?" that I wrote awhile ago. You will have to ask your gp to find out if you can have your leptin tested at one of the biochemical labs. However, there is not yet any product on the market that can be used as a 'leptin hormone replacement'. In your case, I would also ask the dr to do tests for insulin resistance (IR)as you may well suffer from this condition seeing that you can't lose weight. If you have IR then you need to have a special diet worked out for you by a dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). You would need to combine the dietitians low-GI diet with regular, daily aerobic exercise. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI. Also click on ‘Food as Medicine' on the Diet Site and then on ‘Type 2 diabetes' to find out more about IR.
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