Posted by: Christopher Maloney, Naturopathic Doctor | May 23, 2012

What’s My Vaspin Level? Fat Generated Hormone Causes Metabolic Syndrome And High Cholesterol.

Adipose tissue is one of the main types of con...

Adipose tissue is one of the main types of connective tissue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Plasma vaspin concentrations are eleva… [Clin Endocrinol Oxf. 2011] – PubMed - NCBI.

When your doctor wanders in and tells you your Vaspin level is elevated, you heard it first here.  What is Vaspin?  It is a “visceral adipose-tissue-derived adipokine.”  In English that is a hormone given off by your body fat.  What?  Well, if you missed the whole leptin discussion at the turn of the century, our body fat is not simply passive oil holding cells like they showed you in freshman biology.  Body fat is highly active and generates its own hormones.  That’s why forty hours on the treadmill do nothing to your thighs.  That thigh fat keeps itself around to balance out other hormones.

So now we have Vaspin, a hormone that increases insulin, which increases body fat.  For men it increases metabolic syndrome and body fat.  But it doesn’t make women fat (collective sigh).  Instead, it makes women dead.  What?  Yes, it correlates directly with heart vessel thickening and plaquing.  It may hold a clue why stents work differently in women than in men.  But whatever your gender, having it be part of a preventative body work up is a good idea.

So what’s your Vaspin score?


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