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Leptin can help you lose weight?

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Two mice; the mouse on the left has more fat stores than the mouse on the right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Leptin is a small hormone produced by the adipose tissues ( fat cells ) in our body and functions as a signal for the amount of fat present in the body. Depending on the 'Leptin' signal received, the brain can instruct our stomach to stop demanding food or our mouth to stop eating, thereby reducing food intake . So, in theory, more the amount of leptin in your body, lesser will you eat and it would be a a breeze to keep your weight in control. Of course, there is a catch. The effect of Leptin was discovered in 1994 in a study involving voraciously eating obese mice. When these mice were given leptin injections , their craving for food dropped and they returned to normal body weight. So, scientists attempted to cure obesity in humans with the help of leptin injections. But, during trials, large amounts and frequent doses of leptin had to be injected to gain s