A Conversation for Obesity

Leptins and Ghrelins

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BigAl Patron Saint of Left Handers Keeper of the Glowing Pickle and Monobrows

Scientists at the University of Queensland, Brisbane have shown that children who get insufficient sleep are more likely to become obese in later life.

They have linked this to the fact that lack of sleep inhibits production of the hormone, leptin - an appetite suppressant; but increases production of ghrelin - an appetite stimulant.

Hence some of the global obesity epidemic could be tackled by treating sleep problems in infancy.

Reported in Am.J.Epidemiology by Dr Abdullah Al Mamun.

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