Leptin is a protein produced by cells. When leptin levels are within a normal range the brain sends signals to the body to stop eating and prevents storage of extra calories as fat.
Overweight people tend to have higher than normal levels of leptin known as leptin resistance causing the brain to become desensitized and preventing the body to stop eating beyond levels of feeling full, which may lead to obesity and diabetes. These increased leptin levels can also make the brain believe it is in a constant state of starvation. This process results in food cravings and weight gain and fat storage.
So consuming lower carbohydrate foods such as fruits and vegetables instead of high carbohydrate foods such as white potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and flour based sauces, soups and gravy’s we can reduce an overabundance of sugar that becomes stored as fat.
As weight reduction occurs energy levels tend to increase and fatigue lessens and the next important step to weight loss can more easily be achieved, which is exercise.
Exercise will help in the reduction of sugar levels and fat storage. Explore different options for exercise by starting out slow and increasing at your own pace. Parking in the farthest part of the lot when shopping to add a quick 10 minute walk to your day. When watching your favorite TV show, take the time between programming to do a set of pushups or sit ups. Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
Research in Leptin is still in its infancy. I recommend asking your doctor about testing your leptin levels and what possible supplements and therapies are available in your battle with obesity and diabetes.
Debbie Pias RN WOCN C.Ped.
Health Support Services, LLC
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New Berlin, WI 53151