Teen obesity: Could it be driven by low hormone levels?

Lower levels of the hormone spexin may be associated with obesity in teenagers, suggests new research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Rates of obesity in the United States have risen dramatically over the past 30 years, contributing to higher incidence of type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 21 percent of American adolescents aged 12-19 years were obese in 2012, compared with 5 percent in 1980.

While poor diet and lack of physical activity are key contributors to obesity, studies have indicated there may be other factors at play, such as family history of the condition.

Researchers have also suggested that the hormone spexin – believed to be involved in the regulation of the body’s energy balance and fat mass – plays a role in obesity; previous studies have identified reduced levels of the hormone among obese adults.

Dr. Seema Kumar, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and senior author of this latest research, notes that their study is the first to investigate the role of spexin among obese teenagers.


source: medicalnewstoday

Author: Rayan M

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