Obesity, its associated disorders and the role of inflammatory adipokines in companion animals.

@article{German2010ObesityIA,
  title={Obesity, its associated disorders and the role of inflammatory adipokines in companion animals.},
  author={Alexander James German and V H Ryan and Allison C German and I. Stuart Wood and Paul Trayhurn},
  journal={Veterinary journal},
  year={2010},
  volume={185 1},
  pages={
          4-9
        }
}
Obesity is characterised by an expansion of white adipose tissue mass that can lead to adverse health effects, such as decreased longevity, diabetes mellitus, orthopaedic and respiratory disease and neoplasia. Once thought a passive fuel depot, adipose tissue is now recognised as an active endocrine organ that communicates with the brain and peripheral tissues by secreting a wide range of hormones and protein factors, collectively termed adipokines. Examples include leptin, adiponectin… 
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