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11 April 2011

Hormone affects periods in thin women

A lack of leptin contributes to the absence of menstrual periods in women with extremely low levels of body fat, but treatment with a synthetic form of the hormone may restore both the menstrual cycle and fertility, a new study indicates.

A lack of leptin contributes to the absence of menstrual periods in women with extremely low levels of body fat, but treatment with a synthetic form of the hormone may restore both the menstrual cycle and fertility, a new study indicates.

The randomised, double-blind study included 20 women, ages 18 to 35, with HA. Many of them were runners. Over 36 weeks, the women received daily injections of either a synthetic form of leptin called metreleptin or a placebo, without the participants or the researchers being aware who was receiving the real or sham therapy.

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