VOLUME 1 - NUMBER 1 - 2019

What is the relationship between visceral adiposity index (VAI) and total and free sex hormones in aging polish women?

  • Diana JÄ™drzejuk, Andrzej Milewicz, Ewa Bar-Andziak, Tomasz Miazgowski
  • Original articles, 48-50
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  • The visceral adiposity index (VAI) is a novel and very sensitive cardiometabolic predictor. The number of cardiovascular diseases in women increases with climacteric transformation. In 505 women aged over 65 years, randomly selected from the whole of Poland, we investigated whether VAI score was associated with sex hormones. We split the women into two groups on the basis of a VAI cut-off score of 2.0. In the group with normal VAI scores, we found significantly higher serum testosterone levels and a lower free estradiol index vs the group with abnormal VAI scores. VAI correlated positively with fasting glucose and insulin levels and with homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR). Our data suggest a cardiometabolic protective role of testosterone in aging women.

  • KEY WORDS: Visceral adiposity index, cardiometabolic risk.