Is serum cortisol associated with body fat distribution in postmenopausal women?

S. A. Kaye, A. R. Folsom

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Abstract

The associations of body fat distribution, as measured by waist-to-hip circumference ratio (WHR), with fasting serum cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) were examined in 72 healthy postmenopausal women. WHR was not significantly correlated (P > 0.05) with either cortisol (r = -0.11) or ACTH (r = 0.10). There were no differences in either mean serum cortisol or ACTH for women in the highest tertile of WHR compared to those in the lowest tertile of WHR even after adjustment for overall body mass. These results suggest that neither cortisol or ACTH is associated with body fat distribution in postmenopausal women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-439
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Obesity
Volume15
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1991

Keywords

  • ACTH
  • Body fat distribution
  • Cortisol
  • Postmenopausal women

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