Sex hormones binding globulin levels across the adult lifespan in women - The role of body mass index and fasting insulin

M. Maggio, F. Lauretani, S. Basaria, G. P. Ceda, S. Bandinelli, E. J. Metter, A. J. Bos, C. Ruggiero, G. Ceresini, G. Paolisso, A. Artoni, G. Valenti, J. M. Guralnik, L. Ferrucci

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Abstract

SHBG is a major carrier of androgens. In men, SHBG levels increase with age, while in women data are scant. There is evidence that body mass index (BMI) and fasting insulin influence SHBG concentration. Since low SHBG levels are predictors of insulin resistance and diabetes, understanding the relationship of SHBG with age, insulin, and BMI is important to gain insight into the role of SHBG as a cardiovascular risk factor in women. Differences in SHBG across adult life span and their relationship with insulin and BMI were evaluated in a representative cohort of 616 Italian women free of diabetes and not on hormone replacement therapy enrolled in the InCHIANTI Study. The relationship of SHBG with age, BMI, and fasting insulin levels was analyzed using linear regression and by loess smoother. Serum SHBG levels showed a U-shaped trajectory with age, declining from the 2nd to the 6th decade of life and increasing after the 6th decade (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-601
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Endocrinological Investigation
Volume31
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 5HBG
  • Aging
  • BMI
  • Insulin
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology

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