Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) has an anti-obesity effect in rodents and reduces body fat in normal men. Therefore, the plasma levels of DHEA were evaluated in nine premenopausal healthy women and in 13 menstrually active nondiabetic obese women, including patients (n = 6) with body mass index (BMI) over 40. In the obese group, a significant inverse correlation between DHEA levels and BMI was found. These results suggest that patients with severe obesity are unable to increase the DHEA adrenal production rate in order to parallel the increase in the hormone metabolic clearance rate (due to enlargement of body fat mass per se). The deficiency of this mechanism might itself contribute to the progressive fat accumulation in severe obesity.

Low dehydroepiandrosterone circulating levels in premenopausal obese women with very high body mass index

DE PERGOLA, Giovanni;GARRUTI, Gabriella;GIORGINO, Francesco;
1991

Abstract

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) has an anti-obesity effect in rodents and reduces body fat in normal men. Therefore, the plasma levels of DHEA were evaluated in nine premenopausal healthy women and in 13 menstrually active nondiabetic obese women, including patients (n = 6) with body mass index (BMI) over 40. In the obese group, a significant inverse correlation between DHEA levels and BMI was found. These results suggest that patients with severe obesity are unable to increase the DHEA adrenal production rate in order to parallel the increase in the hormone metabolic clearance rate (due to enlargement of body fat mass per se). The deficiency of this mechanism might itself contribute to the progressive fat accumulation in severe obesity.
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