Published in Hospital Law Weekly, May 27th, 2004
The protein is adiponectin, which is secreted by fat cells and affects how the body processes sugars and lipids - fatty substances in the blood. It's been suggested that adiponectin is involved in the metabolic syndrome, which includes insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and coronary artery disease and occurs in 20%-25% of adults. Higher levels of adiponectin have been associated with less disease.
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