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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Dec;191(6):2120-4.

Decreased plasma adiponectin concentrations in women with gestational diabetes mellitus.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Vienna Medical School, Vienna General Hospital, Waehringer Guertel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna/Austria. christof.worda@akh-wien.ac.at

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Adiponectin is an adipocyte-specific protein that has been found to be associated with insulin sensitivity and obesity. Because gestational diabetes mellitus is associated with obesity and decreased insulin sensitivity, we have analyzed plasma adiponectin levels in women with gestational diabetes mellitus.

STUDY DESIGN:

Twenty women with gestational diabetes mellitus and 21 unaffected women were included in the study. Plasma adiponectin levels were analyzed with the use of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.

RESULTS:

Women with gestational diabetes mellitus were significantly older (34.3 years vs 29.4 years; P < .001) than unaffected women. Adiponectin plasma levels were significantly lower in women with gestational diabetes mellitus when compared with women without gestational diabetes mellitus (5827 +/- 1988 ng/mL vs 8085 +/- 3816 ng/mL; P = .02). Adiponectin plasma levels were correlated negatively with plasma glucose concentrations of the oral glucose tolerance test ( r > -0.38; P < .04) and correlated positively with gestational age ( r = 0.36; P = .03).

CONCLUSION:

Our data show that decreased plasma adiponectin levels were found in women with gestational diabetes mellitus compared with unaffected women.

PMID:
15592301
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2004.04.038
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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