Cortisol clearance and associations with insulin sensitivity, body fat and fatty liver in middle-aged men
Holt, H.B., Wild, S.H., Postle, A.D., Zhang, J., Koster, G., Umpleby, M., Shojaee-Moradie, F., Dewbury, K., Wood, P.J., Phillips, D.I. and Byrne, C.D. (2007) Cortisol clearance and associations with insulin sensitivity, body fat and fatty liver in middle-aged men. Diabetologia, 50, (5), 1024-1032. (doi:10.1007/s00125-007-0629-9).
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Aims/hypothesis The regulation of cortisol metabolism in vivo is not well understood. We evaluated the relationship between cortisol metabolism and insulin sensitivity, adjusting for total and regional fat content and for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Materials and methods Twenty-nine middle-aged healthy men with a wide range of BMI were recruited. We measured fat content by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), liver fat by ultrasound and MRI, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis by adrenal response to ACTH1-24, unconjugated urinary cortisol excretion, corticosteroid-binding globulin, and cortisol clearance by MS. We assessed insulin sensitivity by hyperinsulinaemic-euglycaemic clamp and by OGTT.
Results Cortisol clearance was strongly inversely correlated with insulin sensitivity (M value) (r = −0.61, p = 0.002). Cortisol clearance was increased in people with fatty liver compared with those without (mean±SD: 243 ± 10 vs 158 ± 36 ml/min; p = 0.014). Multiple regression modelling showed that the relationship between cortisol clearance and insulin sensitivity was independent of body fat. The relationship between fatty liver and insulin sensitivity was significantly influenced by body fat and cortisol clearance.
Conclusions/interpretation Cortisol clearance is strongly associated with insulin sensitivity, independently of the amount of body fat. The relationship between fatty liver and insulin sensitivity is mediated in part by both fatness and cortisol clearance.
|Keywords:||cortisol metabolism, fatty liver, insulin resistance, NAFLD, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity|
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Human Genetics
|Date Deposited:||02 Sep 2008|
|Last Modified:||13 May 2013 01:02|
|Contributors:||Holt, H.B. (Author)
Wild, S.H. (Author)
Postle, A.D. (Author)
Zhang, J. (Author)
Koster, G. (Author)
Umpleby, M. (Author)
Shojaee-Moradie, F. (Author)
Dewbury, K. (Author)
Wood, P.J. (Author)
Phillips, D.I. (Author)
Byrne, C.D. (Author)
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