First thing’s first—what are adipokine hormones, and how do they impact metabolic health?
Adipokines are hormones secreted from adipose tissue (aka fat tissue) that play a part in key metabolic actions (e.g., insulin regulation and energy homeostasis), cardiovascular actions, and immune functions.
Adiponectin is directly tied to fat burn—low levels help store fat while normal (higher) levels burn it. It also promotes a healthy inflammatory response and proper blood flow through arteries, making it an all-around helpful hormone for metabolic health.
Resistin is tied to suboptimal inflammatory status, insulin resistance, and higher LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. Unlike adiponectin, you don’t want high amounts of this adipokine—maintaining low levels is key to supporting metabolic and heart health.