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New Strategies in Insulin Resistance, Weight Loss and
Specifically, Belly Fat Loss!
Beth M. Ley, Ph.D.

Adiponectin is a protein made by fat cells that circulates in the bloodstream, acting as a messenger. It plays a role in how the body uses sugar, or glucose, and fat for energy. Low levels of adiponectin may be seen in people with obesity and in those with insulin resistance -- a decreased response to the hormone insulin, which enables the body to use excess glucose in the blood. Insulin resistance is part of type 2 diabetes, a condition characterized by abnormally high blood glucose levels.

Higher adiponectin levels have been associated with improved sensitivity to insulin and lowered blood glucose levels. Thus, for people with type 2 diabetes or those who want to reduce belly fat, a diet that raises adiponectin levels may be very beneficial.

How to use Diet to RAISE Adiponectin Levels:

A number of studies have been conducted to investigate how diets affect adiponectin levels in the blood. So far we know:

  1. Increased fiber intake increases Adiponectin (I suggest freshly ground flax seeds!)
  2. Increased Magnesium intake increases Adiponectin
  3. Decreased intake of saturated fats like from butter, cheese, red meat and fried foods increases Adiponectin
  4. Increased intake of unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats like from fatty fish and fish oils, olive oil, avocados and nuts and seeds increases Adiponectin.
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