Weight Loss, Body Fat Mass, and Leptin in Parkinsons Disease
2009 (English)In: MOVEMENT DISORDERS, ISSN 0885-3185, Vol. 24, no 6, 885-890 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Weight loss is a common problem in Parkinsons disease (PD), but the causative mechanisms behind this weight loss are unclear. We compared 2( PD patients with sex and age matched healthy controls. Examinations were repeated at baseline, after one and after two years. Body fat mass was measured by Dual X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA). Seventy three per cent of the PD patients lost body weight. Loss of body fat mass constituted a considerable part of the loss of body weight. In the patients who lost weight, serum leptin levels were lower than in those who did not lose weight. The relationship between low body fat mass and low leptin levels seems to be relevant, at least for female PD patients. It is reasonable to believe that low leptin levels in these patients could be secondary to the decreased body fat mass.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 24, no 6, 885-890 p.
Parkinsons disease, body weight, body fat mass, leptin
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18270DOI: 10.1002/mds.22466OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18270DiVA: diva2:217841