Obesity, Leptin and Insulin

Our fat cells act like endocrine type of cells. Leptin is a powerful and influential hormone produced by the fat cells. It plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure. By acquiring a better understanding of how leptin and its receptor interact, researchers now believe they will be able to find new treatments for obesity and other metabolic disorders.

Another hormone involved in regulation of energy intake and expenditure is insulin. Spikes of insulin are a major cause of insulin resistance and diabetes. Drug treatments are not likely to solve leptin resistance, just as they are ineffective and even counterproductive for insulin resistance. The ideal way to correct leptin and insulin resistance is through your diet. A strategic whole food diet that emphasizes good fats and avoids blood sugar spikes will enhance insulin and leptin sensitivity.

According to recent research, obese patients are more prone to cancer and more likely to be resistant to treatments and positive outcome. Being obese promotes the growth of existing tumors regardless of diet, which may help explain why lean cancer patients often have better outcomes than their obese counterparts

Previous research has shown exercise can convert cancer-boosting "white" fat cells to the more health-promoting "brown" fat (a heat-generating type of fat that burns energy instead of storing it)

We, at SMI, have advanced and evidence based modalities to develop customized treatment plans to the patient's needs, based on blood tests, urine tests computerized symptom profiles and other clinical methods. We address the patients' issues on individual bases and we educate our patients about the importance of diet, good fats and exercise to stabilize the insulin, leptin and other fat promoting hormones.

Call (818-775-1183) Dr. Lucy Cooper, OMD, DAOM, LAc, today to schedule an appointment. She will address your issues and educate you about the importance of a diet. We assist and educate our patients on an individual basis because we want to help you succeed when all else has failed.


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