The adiponectin test checks the adiponectin blood level.
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The adiponectin test, sometimes known as an adiponectin blood test and adiponectin lab test, measures the adiponectin blood level.
Adiponectin is a hormone produced and released by fat tissue that plays a number of roles in the body related to metabolism of glucose and fatty acids. Sometimes checked in conjunction with the glucose test, adiponectin inhibits the release of glucose into the blood and increases how much glucose is stored at any given time.
One way in which adiponectin is thought to impact blood glucose levels is through its effect on insulin. Adiponectin, when present in the blood, is thought to increase the body's insulin sensitivity and increase the metabolism of fatty acids. Decreased production of adiponectin as measured by adiponectin test levels correlates with insulin resistance.
Because adiponectin has more impact on insulin's activity as opposed to insulin production, adiponectin levels are thought to be more relevant in type 2 diabetes (as opposed to type 1 diabetes). Adiponectin and leptin, another molecule released by adipose tissue, are through to be synergistic in their effects. Given its interrelationship with insulin and leptin, the adiponectin test is sometimes ordered with the insulin test and the leptin test.
To get an adiponectin test near you at a Quest Diagnostics lab, just order online and get your blood drawn at the selected lab. This adiponectin blood test utilizes an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) methodology. Once the adiponectin lab results are ready, they will be available for electronic download. Please note that this adiponectin test was performed using a kit that has not been cleared or approved by the FDA and the analytical performance characteristics of this test have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. This test should not be used for diagnosis without confirmation by other medically established means.
Adiponectin as measured by the blood adiponectin test level has become an interesting target for drug therapy and ongoing research since its discovery in the 1990s. Along with insulin, adiponectin may have a useful place for future therapies to help stabilize glucose levels in certain people.
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