Higher levels of adiponectin in American than in Japanese men despite obesity

Metabolism. 2006 Dec;55(12):1561-3. doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2006.08.004.

Abstract

Levels of adiponectin are inversely associated with obesity levels. We examined the levels of adiponectin in American (n = 98) and Japanese (n = 92) men aged 40 to 49 years. Contrary to our expectations, the American men had higher levels of adiponectin than the Japanese men (13.3 +/- 5.8 vs 7.3 +/- 4.2 (microg/mL) despite higher levels of obesity. Smaller areas of visceral adipose tissue in American than in Japanese men may have resulted in the higher levels of adiponectin.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adiponectin / blood*
  • Adult
  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Humans
  • Intra-Abdominal Fat / anatomy & histology
  • Intra-Abdominal Fat / metabolism
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / blood*

Substances

  • Adiponectin