Obesity and related issues (Leptin Resistance)
We live in a society that is both obsessed with thinness and is getting increasingly larger. The hormone leptin (after leptos, the Greek word for thin) was only discovered in 1994, but is vitally important as it is responsible for satiety (how quickly you feel satisfied or full) and it has been linked to the idea of an ‘obesity gene’.
Stabilizing leptin can be achieved through lifestyle and dietary changes, and understanding how to do this will become more and more important as the population gets bigger.
The thyroid works in a four gland endocrine loop, which includes the pituitary, the hypothalamus, and adrenals. This is what we call your metabolism or on a nutritional level, your ability to transform the food you eat into useful energy.
Diagram: 4 gland metabolism system