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Hormone Leptin Tied To Lower Alzheimer's
Published on December 16, 2009

by EU News Network

(EUNewsNet.com and OfficialWire)

BOSTON, MA



High levels of the hormone leptin have been linked to lower rates of Alzheimer's disease, researchers in Boston have discovered.

The researchers at Boston University say if confirmed, their findings, which appear in The Journal of the American Medical Association, could prove important in the hunt for effective prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's, WebMD reported Tuesday.

Leptin, which is produced by fat cells, is considered critical for regulating hunger and weight. The body of evidence is growing that it also plays a role in brain development and memory.

Research shows leptin reduces concentrations of B-amyloid, the major component of the deposits, or plaques, that occur in the brains of people with Alzheimer's.

The latest study of 785 elderly people found that after 12 years of follow-up, those with the lowest leptin levels were roughly four times more likely than those with the highest levels to develop Alzheimer's disease.

"Our study raises a strong possibility that leptin may actually have a role in the various pathological processes that result in clinical Alzheimer's disease," Dr. Sudha Seshadri, a senior researcher at Boston University School of Medicine, told WebMD.

I guess its good to be fat now with regards to AZ hahahahahaLeptin [Big Grin]

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Uhh I dont think leptin has much to do with being fat -I mean its a lot more complex then that, there is BMI/leptin correlation but there are many other variables. In fact you can be fat and have low lepting. I did some research on its recently -it is very interesting hormone, with many interactions (I was researching VEGF/Melatonin ones but there are many others)

I am trying to get my leptin levels checked - strangely it is really difficult, I found only one lab doing it and its a hassle

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