publication . Article . 2001

Leptin: A Link Between Energy Imbalance and Exercise-Induced Amenorrhea in Female Athletes

Miles, Marie;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2001
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: Mexico
Abstract
Up to a quarter of female athletes may experience exercise-induced amenorrhea, depending on the type of sport and the level of competition. This amenorrhea is a component of the Female Athlete Triad, a term used to describe three interrelated conditions commonly seen together in the elite female athlete: chronic dieting and/or disordered eating, amenorrhea, and decreased bone mass. Leptin, a hormone secreted by adipose tissue and believed to play a central role in eating behaviors and energy balance, is frequently diminished in athletes with exercise-induced amenorrhea. Increasing evidence points to this hormone as a critical "messenger" that enables the body's ...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: hormones, hormone substitutes, and hormone antagonists
free text keywords: Exercise, Leptin, Amenorrhea, Sports
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