The Role of Adiponectin in Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease
Article first published online: 21 JAN 2009
© 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of the CardioMetabolic Syndrome
Volume 4, Issue 1, pages 44–49, Winter 2009
How to Cite
Kawano, J. and Arora, R. (2009), The Role of Adiponectin in Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease. Journal of the CardioMetabolic Syndrome, 4: 44–49. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-4572.2008.00030.x
- Issue published online: 20 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 21 JAN 2009
- Manuscript received November 11, 2007; revised January 18, 2008; accepted March 13, 2008
Nearly 1 in 4 adults in the United States is obese. The connection between obesity and insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease is a well researched one. The increasing prevalence of each of these diseases has become a growing concern for the medical community. Adiponectin is a collagen-like plasma protein secreted by adipocytes that has been suggested to play a causal role in the development of insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease. The protein has been found to be decreased in cases of insulin resistance, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and coronary artery disease. Up-regulation of adiponectin and its receptor, through the use of thiazolidinediones, has been found to be partially related to insulin sensitization and thus antidiabetic effects. In this review, we discuss adiponectin’s antiatherogenic effects, its association with insulin resistance and obesity, and the possibility of using adiponectin and its receptor as a therapeutic target.