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I am a narcoleptic with cataplexy. Does that mean I am leptin resistant and need to take leptin supplements or go on a leptin diet?

I am a narcoleptic with cataplexy. Does that mean I am leptin resistant and need to take leptin supplements or go on a leptin diet?

No....: The "leptic" in narcoleptic does not stand for "leptin". The full name of the condition is narcolepsy and it is characterized by the sudden onset of sleep. There are treatments available so be sure to follow up with the doctor who diagnosed you. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Is it worth buying supplements to promote leptins?

Is it worth buying supplements to promote leptins?

Probably not: I am not aware of supplements that increase leptin. Weight gain increases leptin, and weight loss decreases it. I would not believe a testimonial that made these claims. ...Read more

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Are there pills or supplements I can take for either leptin or magnesium?

Are there pills or supplements I can take for either leptin or magnesium?

Mag oxide: For magnesium supplements, there sure are pills to take at natural food stores. Also, any over the counter pharmacy carries magnesium oxide tablets. Long term magnesium intake is not advisable if you have kidney disease unless your blood levels of magnesium are low. High doses of magnesium also causes diarrhea. That's why we use milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) for constipation bec it has magnesium. ...Read more

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What are the differences between grehlin and leptin?

The yin/yang of diet: Gherlin, a peptide secreted by the fundus of the stomach, increases before meals and falls after meals; whereas leptin, produced by adipose cells, interacts with the cns, specifically neuropeptide y in the arcuate nucleus wherein it induces satiety, or a sense of fullness. Currently, intense research exists to temper obesity via a pill and diet, rather than, say, gastric bypass. ...Read more

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Are obese people resistant to leptin?

Are obese people resistant to leptin?

Yes: Although leptin is a circulating signal that reduces appetite, obese individuals generally exhibit an unusually high circulating concentration of leptin. These people are said to be resistant to the effects of leptin, in much the same way that people with type 2 diabetes are resistant to the effects of insulin. ...Read more

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What is leptin?

What is leptin?

A hormone: Hi. Leptin is a hormone made by adipose tissue (fat cells) that has the effect on the satiety center in the hypothalamus in the brain to tell you you're full, it's OK to stop eating. Obese people are leptin resistant, not leptin deficient. A leptin receptor agonist, metreleptin, was recently approved for treatment of people with little/no adipose tissue (generalized lipodystrophy). ...Read more

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What happens when leptin levels rise?

What happens when leptin levels rise?

Hunger decreases: Leptin is a neuro-transmitter produced by fat cells that tell the brains that you need calories (starvation indicator), When it falls you get the sensation of hunger. When it rises you become satiated. This may help: http://www. Webmd. Com/diet/obesity/the-facts-on-leptin-faq ...Read more

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Which fruits have leptin?

Which fruits have leptin?

May cause weightgain: Recently, a study was published that may possibly exhibit a link between fruit consumption and weight gain. The study determined that high consumption of fructose may well be a cause of leptin resistance. By eating fruit, you can help the natural occurring leptin to help increase your body's metabolism function - high leptin is correlated with leptin resistance. ...Read more

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Are leptin and diabetes related?

Evidence suggests. .: Leptin signals the brain that the body has had enough to eat, producing a feeling of satiety. A very small group of humans possesses homozygous mutations for the leptin gene, leading to a constant desire for food and resulting in severe obesity. Over consumption of carbohydrates without sufficient exercise can lead to Insulin resistance and blood sugar elevation which characterize diabetes. ...Read more

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Which type of food decreases leptin?

Which type of food decreases leptin?

Supplement glutamine: Instead of focusing on leptin diet if you take l-glutamine supplements 1000mg at night and any time you have cravings you can turn on the satiation response in brain and naturally start the weight loss. ...Read more

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How can leptin resistance affect metabolism?

Will not obey: Normal function of leptin balances in take and out put, food taken in and energy spent in the body, essential component the appetite control, when not needed will not be hungry, resistance is loss of it, causes to eat more (obesity). ...Read more

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What "activates " your leptin to lose weight?

What "activates " your leptin to lose weight?

Not so simple: Leptin does help regulate weight by curbing appetite and the amount of leptin you make is directly related to how much fat you have stored, However, overweight people seem to become resistant to the appetite effects of leptin and continue to eat more than they need even with high leptin levels. There is no way to activate your leptin - it is there but not working to help you lose weight ...Read more

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What effect does dieting have on leptin levels?

Lowers level: If dieting is intended to lower fat content, then there should be expected drop in leptin levels as this hormone (cytokine) is produced by the fat cells (adipocytes). ...Read more

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What are the risks of having low leptin levels?

We don't know: New field and hard to know. They are not commonly measured so we don't have reference ranges. ...Read more

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What is the role of leptin in weight management?

Inhibits appettite: Leptin hormone tells your brain that you are full and do not need to eat anymore. ...Read more

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Which type of food unleashes leptin in the body?

Which type of food unleashes leptin in the body?

Oral glutamine: Digestive tract cannot absorb leptin, so even if you could find a food rich in leptin it wouldn't help - forget about finding foods rich in leptin. The body has to create it's own leptin. You want is for your body to respond to leptin more efficiently (ultimately resulting in lower leptin levels!). As you lose weight, leptin levels drop, because fat itself causes the body to produce more leptin. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Cabay
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Leptin (Definition)

Leptin is a hormone (a chemical made in one part of the body that is carried by the blood to other parts of the body) made by fat cells, and may have effects on appetite and the way ...Read more