YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – There is a very important hormone in your body that helps you lose weight, but what happens when your body becomes resistant to it?
Leptin, a hormone produced by belly fat, tells the brain how much fat is being stored. Dr. Shayesteh says that in an ideal scenario, it would be “comparable to a brake system,” and that the more the leptin the body produces, the better the system.
That isn’t the case, however, as having too much will build a resistance. Research shows that once you have a certain amount of fat, the brain responds to that system. When you pass a certain amount of fat gain, more belly fat and a significantly higher amount of leptin is produced. Once there is too much leptin, the brain stops responding to it and a resistance is built.
Once the resistance is built, the brain doesn’t pick up the signal and continues to tell the body to keep eating.
What other dangers can leptin resistance lead to? What can be done to reverse it?
Dr. Shayesteh joined 33 WYTV Daybreak to explain the importance of reversing leptin resistance and the steps you should take.