ABSTRACT: Obesity and insulin resistance are associated with cardiovascular risk factors. The aim of the present study was to explore the relation of visfatin with insulin resistance, cardiovascular risk factors and anthropometry in obese patients without comorbidities.
A population of 270 obese patients was analyzed in a prospective way. In all patients we performed a biochemical analysis (lipid profile, insulin, HOMA and visfatina), and a nutritional evaluation (dietary intake, conventional anthropometry and bioimpedance).
Patients were divided in two groups by median visfatin value (8,32 ng/ml), group I (patients with the low values, average value 7,11 (0,7) ng/ml) and group II (patients with the high values, average value 13,5 (10,1) ng/ml). Patients in the group I had higher weight, body mass index, waist circumference, and waist to hip ratio than patients in group II. Patients in group I had lower LDL-cholesterol and C reactive protein than patients in group II. Correlation analysis showed a positive correlation between visfatin levels and LDL cholesterol (r=0.194; p<0.05) and C reactive protein (r=0.266; p<0.05) and a negative corelation with weight (r=-0.162; p<0.05). In the logistic analysis with age-, sex- and dietary intake- adjusted basal visfatin concentration as a dependent variable, the next variables remained in the model; weight with an odds ratio (OR) 0,97 (IC95% 0,95-0,99), LDL cholesterol 1,012(1,010-1.023) and C reactive protein 1,15 (1.03-1.3).
LDL cholesterol and c reactive protein levels are positively correlated with visfatin levels. Weight is negatively correlated with visfatin levels, in an independent way and adjusted by age, sex and dietary intake.
Medicina Clínica 02/2011; 137(5):199-203. · 1.38 Impact Factor