Leptin

Leptin is a hormone that’s mainly produced by adipocytes (fat cells). Leptin is involved in regulating body fat by communicating with the part of the brain that controls hunger and behavior. It relays signals that tell the body it had enough food to eat. Some people have genetic mutation in their leptin gene. This leads to greater demands for food, and higher chances of obesity.

What is Leptin?

Leptin is produced in our fat cells. Leptin is what tells our brain to quit eating! It does this by sending a message to the hypothalamus. Leptin suppresses our appetite.

Leptin causes an increase in the breakdown of triglycerides. It does this in the fat cells called adipocytes.

When people get too much sugar in the blood, an enzyme changes triglycerides to be stored in those fat cells. This is why we get fat when we eat to many sweets for too long!

Here is the bad news: As people get older, we get resistant to leptin. Often people gain weight as they age.

Unfortunately, we can get CRP (C reactive protein) holding on to leptin. That means our brain does not get the signal to stop eating. (CRP is a substance that indicates inflammation.)

People can gain wait because of this. Inflammation can cause this to happen. That inflammation could be from any cause including having toxins in the body from poor liver detoxification!

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