Plasma cortisol and beta-endorphin immunoreactivity in human obesity.

Abstract

The relationship of the endogenous opioid system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis to obesity was studied. Morning levels of plasma cortisol and beta-endorphin immunoreactivity in obese patients before diet treatment were found to be no different from those in matched family members of normal weight. In 32 untreated obese patients, no relationship… (More)

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