Studies show that exercise, may increase insulin sensitivity in your body. Adiponectin, which is an adipokine exclusively expressed and secreted by YOUR fat cells, has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and fat metabolism. Being overweight may lead to metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by insulin resistance, high cholesterol and triglycerides, and insulin resistance. But exercise can increases your adiponectin levels!
A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation could show a direct link between prolonged exercise and increases in adiponectin levels. Let me explain…
Exercise and Adiponectin Levels
Exercise has been shown to act in a similar way as adiponectin when it comes to increasing insulin sensitivity and fat metabolism. However, according to this study, short-duration exercise that last less than three months, has not been shown to increase adiponectin levels in your body. The authors of this study hypothesized that prolonged exercise, greater than six months, may be effective at increasing adiponectin levels, therefore boosting fat metabolism.
They recruited middle-aged, healthy, but overweight men and women to participate in a prolonged exercise program. The exercise program gradually increased mileage from 6 miles per week in the beginning, to 55 miles per week by the end of 6 months.
At baseline, the researchers obtained and stored fasting plasma blood samples, and once again at the end of six months. They analyzed the blood samples for fasting insulin, glucose, and adiponectin levels. At the end of the program, they noted that adiponectin levels increased significantly in both men and women.
They also noted that the extent of the increase was similar in both the men’s and the women’s groups. However, they did note that this did not lower insulin resistance levels in either group. From their data, they concluded that long-term, progressive aerobic training may increase adiponectin levels in middle-aged, untrained males and females.
It has been shown that exercise acts the same way in your body as the powerful adipokine, adiponectin. Adiponectin, which is a protein secreted by your fat cells that increases glucose and fat metabolism, has also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity. In most cases, being a little bit overweight may alter the way your body handles insulin, sugar, and other powerful hormones.
Sometimes, it may lead to metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of different chronic health conditions. However, according to this study, engaging in a progressive, long-term exercise program may increase your adiponectin level, therefore boosting fat burning in YOUR body.
So get out there, get moving, and boost your fat burning hormone, adiponectin.
By Kevin DiDonato
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