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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Leptin, Body Fat and Fertility

Pregnancy Over 40 May Be Affected By Low Levels of Fat in Thin Women

I have actually spent quite a bit of time talking about how women
(and men) who are overweight may have trouble conceiving.

See www.getpregnantover40.com for more articles on foods for fertility and resources on getting pregnant naturally

 But women with too little body fat have a problem as well.   I've known a number of women who are thin (or who are muscular with very little body fat) who have trouble conceiving.  It's hard to convince people that they  need to actually gain weight to get pregnant.  This article talks about the role of "leptin" produced in body fat and it's connection to fertility.
From the article:

Leptin is often recognized as an appetite and weight regulation hormone. But did you know that the hormone leptin also serves an indicator that tells the brain and other organs when extremely low energy is available?

Mantzoros goes on, “We know that leptin is produced by the body’s fat tissue and is secreted into the bloodstream in proportion to the amount of energy stored in fat. From there, it travels to the brain where it communicates exactly how much energy is available.” Because of this process, leptin regulates a number of important physiological functions that depend on adequate energy balance. These physiological functions include reproduction, metabolism, and bone function.

As a result, when women have severely low levels of body fat, which may occur after excessive dieting or exercise or in women with eating disorders, the body enters a state of “negative energy balance” that adversely affects reproductive function and metabolism according to Dr. Mantzoros. 

from: Read more:womenshealth.about.com

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