Relationship between body composition and blood leptin concentration in female college students [Relación entre composición corporal y concentración de leptina sérica en mujeres estudiantes de nivel superior] Article uri icon


  • Sixty women aged between 18 and 21 from the Benemérita y Centenaria Escuela Normal del Estado de San Luis Potosí (BECENE) were evaluated. Body mass index, fat mass percentage, waist-hip ratio and several plasma components were analyzed: glucose, total colesterol, free tryglycerides, HDL, LDL, insulin and leptin. Data was processed by SPSS Statistics 20,0 software using descriptive statistics, binomial logistic regression with a condence value of 95%25. The population showed normal glycemic and blood pressure values, whereas a 29,9%25 of women were overweight/obese, 3%25 showed hypercholesterolemia and 29,9%25 showed insulin resistance (HOMA2 IR over 1.4). The median for blood leptin was 6.49 ng/ml, and 30%25 of women were hyperleptinemic. A positive and signicant correlation was observed between blood leptin values and BMI, %25 fat mass, blood insulin and HOMA2-IR index. The odds ratio analyzed for BMI, showed that overweight and obesity increase 7,5 times the risk of hyperleptinemia. On the other hand, high levels of fat mass, increase by 6,2 times the risk of hyperleptinemia. So far, the best predictor for hyperleptinema is BMI. © 2018 Archivos Latinoamericanos Nutricion. All rights reserved.

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  • 2018-01-01