Circadian Characteristics of Urinary Melatonin from Clinically Healthy Young Women at Different Civilization Disease Risks

LENNART WETTERBERG, FRANZ HALBERG, ERNA HALBERG, ERHARD HAUS, TERUKAZU KAWASAKI, MICHIO UENO, KEIKO UEZONO, Germaine G Cornelissen-Guillaume, MIDORI MATSUOKA, TERUO OMAE

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Abstract

ABSTRACT Rhythm characteristics in the about‐daily (circadian) and about‐yearly (circannual) frequency ranges were assessed for urinary melatonin. Clinically healthy women in Minnesota, USA, and Kyushu, Japan, were sampled around the clock once in 1‐4 seasons. Possible differences that could reflect the large difference in breast cancer incidence in these two geographic locations were investigated. Each subject's risk of developing breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases resulting from an elevated blood pressure, and emotional conditions was numerically evaluated according to epidemiologic questionnaires. A prominent circadian rhythm characterizes urinary melatonin in both populations, peaking in the middle of the night. The American women exhibit a larger circadian rhythm‐adjusted mean (mesor) than do the Japanese women. A circannual rhythm is also apparent in the North American women, but not in the Japanese women. The circadian mesor of urinary melatonin correlates negatively with the risk score of emotional depression and positively with that of developing cardiovascular diseases. 1986 Association for the Publication of the Journal of Internal Medicine

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-81
Number of pages11
JournalActa Medica Scandinavica
Volume220
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

Keywords

  • breast cancer
  • cardiovascular disease
  • circadian rhythm
  • circannual rhythm
  • epidemiology
  • hypertension
  • melatonin
  • mental depression
  • urine

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