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James Michael Howard jmhoward at arkansas.net
Thu Oct 16 14:01:27 EST 2003

On 16 Oct 2003 16:13:06 GMT, "Dag Stenberg"
<dag.stenberg at nospam.helsinki.fi.invalid> wrote:

>James Michael Howard <jmhoward at arkansas.net> wrote:
>> Mr. Stenberg, thank you for your response.  What you presented makes good sense.
>> However, I wish to push the explanation back just a step.  Testosterone reduces
>> melatonin, which produces sleep.  Melatonin suppresses leptin.  Therefore,
>> testosterone reduces leptin itself and reduces melatonin which reduces leptin.
>1. Where do you find any evidence that testosterone reduces melatonin?
>Melatonin does reduce testosterone in rats, but the other way around??
>2. Melatonin is a weak and unreliable hypnotic, and its role in
>physiological sleep regulation is in doubt.
>3. I agree that melatonin reduces leptin in some mammals (like
>middle-aged rats), but increases leptin in minks. 
>In postmenopausal women, melatonin does not affect leptin levels. I am
>not aware of other studies of the effect of melatonin on leptin in humans.
>Dag Stenberg

Testosterone reduces melatonin.  In treatment of a 14 year-old boy, Luboshitzky,
et al., conclude that "These results indicate that circulating testosterone
down-regulates pineal melatonin." (J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab 1995; 8: 295-9).
In another study, Luboshitzky, et al., testosterone treatment reduced melatonin
secretion in sex male patients with increased nocturnal melatonin (J Pineal Res
1997; 22: 95-101).  

There is a controversy re melatonin and sleep.  I happen to be on the side that
melatonin is involved in sleep: www.anthropogeny.com/physiology.html .

Well, you are correct re melatonin and leptin in rats.  We will just have to
wait and see.


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