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Plasma Leptin Levels and Body Fat Distribution
23 April 2007 (online)
The relation between body fat distribution and plasma leptin levels in the human was investigated in 51 obese and 41 non-obese subjects. Plasma levels of leptin showed a positive correlation with body mass index and subcutaneous fat area at the umbilicus level. However, a significant correlation between its plasma levels and visceral fat area was found in neither non-obese nor obese subjects. These results suggest that plasma leptin levels might be attributed mainly to the extent of subcutaneous adiposity in human obesity.
Leptin - fat distribution - visceral fat