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MI Yilmaz, A Sonmez, C Acikel, T Celik, N Bingol, M Pinar, Z Bayraktar and M Ozata

OBJECTIVES: To measure plasma adiponectin concentrations in patients with type 2 diabetes and to investigate any association with the severity of diabetic retinopathy, because adiponectin seems to be an important modulator for metabolic and vascular diseases. METHODS: Seventy-four patients (mean age 46.8+/-5.1 years; body mass index (BMI), 26.8+/-2.10 kg/m(2)) and 54 healthy volunteers (mean age 46.8+/-5.4 years; BMI 26.47+/-2.33 kg/m(2)) were included. RESULTS: Adiponectin concentrations in the patients were significantly lower than those in controls (4.71+/-2.11 microg/ml for patients, n=74; 15.95+/-3.72 microg/ml for controls, n=54; P<0.001). In the patients group there was a significant negative correlation between adiponectin and homeostasis model assessment index (r=-0.318, P=0.006 respectively). Plasma adiponectin concentrations in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (n=20; 3.16+/-1.83 microg/ml) or non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (n=24; 3.97+/-1.47 microg/ml, P=0.014) were significantly lower than those in patients without diabetic retinopathy (n=30; 6.30+/-1.57 microg/ml, P=0.001). When the presence of diabetes was defined as the final variable in the conditional logistic regression model with the adiponectin concentration as the continuous variable, adiponectin was significantly involved in the model. CONCLUSION: The results show that adiponectin concentrations are lower in patients with type 2 diabetes and that the concentrations are associated with the severity of diabetic retinopathy. Our findings suggest that adiponectin may take part in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy.

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A Sonmez, C Haymana, E Bolu, A Aydogdu, S Tapan, M Serdar, B Altun, C Barcin, A Taslipinar, C Meric, G Uckaya and M Kutlu

Objective

The relationship between metabolic syndrome (MS) and hypogonadism has always been investigated in study groups confounded with aging, obesity or chronic metabolic disorders. So far, there has been no data about the presence of MS in young hypogonadal patients. Also, there is controversial data about the metabolic effects of testosterone replacement therapy. We investigated the frequency of MS in treatment-naïve, young men with congenital hypogonadal hypogonadism (CHH). We also searched for the effect of testosterone replacement on the metabolic profiles of this specific patient group.

Design

Retrospective analysis.

Methods

A total of 332 patients (age 21.68±2.09 years) were enrolled. The control group included 395 age- and body mass index (BMI)-matched healthy young men (age 21.39±1.49 years). Standard regimen of testosterone esters (250 mg/3 weeks) was given to 208 patients.

Results

MS was more prevalent in CHH (P<0.001) according to healthy controls. The patients had higher arterial blood pressure, waist circumference (WC), triglyceride (P<0.001 for all), fasting glucose (P=0.02), fasting insulin (P=0.004), homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) (P=0.002) and lower high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (P<0.001) levels. After 5.63±2.6 months of testosterone treatment, the BMI, WC (P<0.001 for both), systolic blood pressure (P=0.002) and triglyceride level (P=0.04) were increased and the total and HDL cholesterol levels were decreased (P=0.02 and P<0.001 respectively).

Conclusions

This study shows increased prevalence of MS and unfavorable effects of testosterone replacement in young patients with CHH. Long-term follow-up studies are warranted to investigate the cardiovascular safety of testosterone treatment in this specific population.