Metabolic Hormones 101: Adiponectin

Adiponectin is a hormone produced by our body’s fat cells and regulates carbohydrate and fat metabolism. High adiponectin levels have been linked in the research with healthier body weight as well as lower cardiovascular disease risk and inflammation. Since adiponectin decreases inflammatory damage and pain, and protects our hearts, we want adiponectin levels to be high. However, research has show that when an individual becomes resistant to the actions of insulin (read about insulin here) adiponectin levels will be lowered (1). Behavior changes that lower insulin resistance result in normalization of adiponectin levels, which therefore helps weight management, decreases inflammation, and lowers cardiovascular risk.

Here are some lifestyle choices you can make to decrease insulin resistance and normalize adiponectin levels:

  • Exercise most days of the week
  • Decrease and interrupt periods of sedentary time
  • Follow a healthy, low-glycemic meal plan and moderate your portions
  • Lose weight

If you’d like guidance or support around any of the above behavior changes, call to schedule an appointment today!


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