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Fresh Insights on Fat

by: Robert Christer, MS and Len Kravitz, PhD

Research

Fat tissues secrete proteins that influence diet and metabolism. What the latest science means to fitness pros.

Fresh Insights on Fat Fat tissues secrete proteins that influence diet and metabolism. What the latest science means to fitness pros. By Robert Christner, MS & Len Kravitz, PhD

We've long understood that fat is the body's principal energy-storage tissue. However, it's now becoming clear that fat tissue is a major hormone-secreting organ, producing cell–signaling proteins called adipokines that play an important role in metabolism, feeding behaviors, glucose regulation and insulin control (Singla, Bardoloi & Parkash 2010; Al–Suhaimi & Shehzad, 2013).

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IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 13, Issue 10

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About the Authors

Robert Christer, MS

Robert Christer, MS IDEA Author/Presenter

Len Kravitz, PhD

Len Kravitz, PhD IDEA Author/Presenter

Len Kravitz, PhD, is the program coordinator of exercise science and a researcher at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he recently won the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. Len was also honored as the 2006 Fitness Educator of the Year by the American Council on Exercise.