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Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2004 13:52:43 -0700
From: James Swayze <>
Subject: Fat Hormone May Cut Heart Attack Risk

Fat Hormone May Cut Heart Attack Risk

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO - Men with high levels of a hormone secreted by fat cells run a 
lower risk of a heart attack, according to a study that could lead to 
new ways to prevent or treat heart disease.

The findings follow animal studies showing that high levels of the 
hormone adiponectin help diabetic mice make better use of insulin.

Adiponectin, discovered a few years ago, "is a new kid on the block" and 
pharmaceutical companies already are racing to develop treatments that 
take advantage of its beneficial properties, said Dr. Robert Eckel, an 
American Heart Association spokesman. [cont.] 


I think I'll direct this to Doug Skrecky, but anyone may chime in. Doug 
do you know if there's a possible supplement that may mimic this effect 
or some foods that may contain this hormone? If such a thing exists 
would the body use it from any form not from its own fat cells in the 
manner which provides these effects?


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