• Ivona MITU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Cristina-Daniela DIMITRIU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Cristina PREDA “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • O. MITU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Irina-Iuliana COSTACHE “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi
  • Manuela CIOCOIU “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi


In order to establish more efficient ways to prevent metabolic syndrome (MetS) in clinical settings, we need to thoroughly understand the physiopathology behind this cluster of risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases. The main point of focus concerning MetS still embraces the metabolic and secretory products of the abdominal adipose tissue. Our study aims to clearly define an adipokine profile for patients with MetS and assess possible correlations between obesity parameters, biochemical markers and adipokines. Material and methods: This is a cross-sectional study, elaborated over a period of two years, which involved 104 patients divided into 2 groups: with MetS and without MetS. Patients were considered as having MetS if they presented WC > 88 cm (women) / 104 cm (men) and more than one criterion of the following: glucose ≥ 100 mg/dL, HDL < 40 mg/dL (men) / < 50 mg/dL (women), TG ≥ 150 mg/dL, SBP/DBP ≥ 130/85 mmHg. Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) was performed to assess adipose tissue distribution. All patients underwent clinical and paraclinical evaluation, including the measurements of insulin, adiponectin and leptin. Results: Leptin levels present a strong and positive correlation with almost all obesity parameters evaluated, with or without MetS. The strongest correlation is observed for trunk fat percentage (without MetS: r=0.648, p<0.001; with MetS: r=0. 723, p<0.001). In the group of patients without MetS adiponectin level is not associated with fat percentages, whereas in the group of patients with MetS adiponectin reports a weak and positive correlation between total fat, arms fat and legs fat percentages. Adiponectin is negatively correlated with HOMA-IR and insulin in both groups, suggesting that insulin resistance is linked to the change in adiponectin levels. Patients that present MetS also report an association between HDL and adiponectin (r=0.280, p=0.02). Conclusions: Patients with MetS that did not follow prior treatment for any chronic disease and are characterized by similar adipose tissue percentage and distribution, report the following: lower adiponectin levels than patients without MetS, but still a positive association with HDL; no modification in leptin levels compared to patients without MetS; negative correlation between adiponectin and insulin resistance; strong association between leptin and adipose tissue mass.

Author Biographies

Ivona MITU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Morpho-Functional Sciences (II)

Cristina-Daniela DIMITRIU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Morpho-Functional Sciences (II)

Cristina PREDA, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (II)

O. MITU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (I)

Irina-Iuliana COSTACHE, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Medical Specialties (I)

Manuela CIOCOIU, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi

Faculty of Medicine
Department of Morpho-Functional Sciences (II)


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