In turn, your body may produce even more leptin until your levels become elevated (
The direct cause of leptin resistance is unclear, but it may be due to inflammation, gene mutations, and/or excessive leptin production, which can occur with obesity (
Tips to improve leptin levels
Although no known treatment exists for leptin resistance, a few lifestyle changes may help lower leptin levels (
Maintain a healthy weight. Because leptin resistance is associated with obesity, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight. Additionally, research suggests that a decrease in body fat may help reduce leptin levels (
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Improve your sleep quality. Leptin levels may be related to sleep quality in people with obesity. Although this association may not exist in people without obesity, there are numerous other reasons to get better sleep (
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Exercise regularly. Research links regular, consistent exercise to a decrease in leptin levels (
In people with obesity, resistance to the hormone leptin, which helps you feel full, may lead to overeating. Research suggests that exercising regularly, sleeping well, and maintaining a healthy body weight help lower leptin levels.