New Potential Weight Loss Tool Identified

Sunday 12th September 2010

Monitoring the levels of appetite hormones in the blood before dieting could help health care experts to identify people who are more likely to regain weight after successfully dieting. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism shows that people with high plasma leptin levels were more likely to regain weight. Researchers believe that the finding could be used as a weight loss tool that by helping physicians to better lower obesity through personalizing weight loss plans for at-risk patients.

Researchers reached their conclusions by studying 104 patients who lost weight after following a calorie controlled diet for 8 weeks and wee monitored for a further 32 weeks. Participants who had high leptin levels and/or low ghrelin levels before dieting were more likely to regain weight.

Scientist hope that their research shows that appetite hormones may be successfully considered as biological markers of obesity.

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