Perhaps more than any other problem, I am frequently asked about arthritis. “Is there anything you can do to help me with my arthritis?” “Is arthritis curable?” “Is arthritis related to diet?” “I’ve been told that arthritis is normal when you get to be my age, is that so?” An incredibly common disorder, it is found in people of all ages, varying both in type and severity. It is also one of many chronic disorders for which conventional drug therapy holds few answers beyond temporary alleviation of symptoms.
Over the last few years, I’ve come across a number of references to a hormone called Leptin that have piqued my interest. So, I decided to do a bit of research to find out more about it… Hormones are the great communicators of our bodies. They deliver information from a single cell, or a group of cells, to another cell or another group of cells. Some hormones, released by endocrine glands, travel via the bloodstream; others, released by exocrine glands, travel via ducts to their target cells.
While the layperson readily associates endocrine hormones with major glands like the pituitary, adrenal, thyroid, adrenal, pancreas, ovaries and testes, amongst others, there are numerous glands in various tissues throughout the body that secrete hormones.