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Serum Adiponectin and Ghrelin, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes Status in Cuban Americans

FG Huffman
K Knight- Sepulveda
M McLean
JA Vaccaro
GG Zarini


Purpose: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is associated with the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes. Decreases in circulating adiponectin and ghrelin have been associated with MetS. Our primary aim was to evaluate the relationship of MetS with adiponectin and ghrelin for Cuban Americans with and without type 2 diabetes. Methods: Cross-sectional study of 367 adults, self identified as Cuban extraction and randomly recruited from a mailing list of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Fasted whole blood for adiponectin (ADPN) was collected using K3EDTA tubes and measured by ELISA. Ghrelin was assayed with fasted blood plasma by Enzyme Immunometric Assay. MetS and 10-year risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) were determined using the ATP III criteria. Results: Adiponectin (F=51.8, R2=0.21 p<0.001) and ghrelin (F=12.77, R2=0.06, p<0.001) differed by diabetes status (ANOVA) not age and gender. In stepwise linear regression models triglyceride levels ≥150 mg/dL negatively corresponded (coefficient = -0.23) with ghrelin levels for persons without diabetes (F=7.45, R2=0.053, p=0.007); abdominal obesity and fasting plasma glucose predicted high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) for persons with and without diabetes (F=16.3, R2 = .144, p <0.001). Conclusion: Low ghrelin levels were associated with MetS regardless of diabetes status. High adiponectin levels were related to a low probability for those without diabetes only. There was a positive association of hs-CRP with BMI, MetS and number of MetS components. Keywords: Metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, Cuban, Adiponectin, Ghrelin, High-sensitivity C-reactive protein

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