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IGF1 and its binding proteins 3 and 1 are differentially associated with metabolic syndrome in older men


OBJECTIVE: Circulating IGF1 declines with age, and reduced circulating IGF1 is associated with increased cardiovascular mortality in some but not all studies. The relationship between IGF-binding proteins 3 and 1 (IGFBP3 and IGFBP1) with risk of cardiovascular disease remains unclear. We sought to examine associations between IGF1, IGFBP3 and IGFBP1 with metabolic syndrome in older men. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of 3980 community-dwelling men aged >or=70 years. Methods Morning plasma levels of IGF1, IGFBP3 and IGFBP1 were assayed. Metabolic syndrome was defined according to National Cholesterol Education Program-Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATPIII) criteria. RESULTS: For IGF1 and IGFBP3, there was a U-shaped relationship, with middle quintiles possessing the lowest odds ratios (OR) for metabolic syndrome (reference Q1, Q3 IGF1: OR 0.74, 95% confidence intervals 0.57-0.96, Q3 IGFBP3: OR 0.67, 0.51-0.87). Increasing IGFBP1 was associated with reduced risk of metabolic syndrome with a dose-response gradient (reference Q1, OR for Q2 to Q5 IGFBP1: 0.56, 0.33, 0.22 and 0.12 respectively, P<0.001). IGF1 was associated with two, IGFBP1 with four and IGFBP3 with all five components of the metabolic syndrome. The ratio of IGF1/IGFBP3 was not associated with metabolic syndrome. CONCLUSIONS: In older men, both lower and higher IGF1 and IGFBP3 levels may be metabolically unfavourable. IGFBP1, as a marker of insulin sensitivity, is relevant in the assessment of metabolic syndrome, while the IGF1/IGFBP3 ratio is less informative. Longitudinal follow-up of this cohort would be needed to determine whether these distributions of IGF1, IGFBP3 and IGFBP1 predict incidence of cardiovascular events during male ageing.

Type Journal
ISBN 1479-683X (Electronic) 0804-4643 (Linking)
Authors Yeap, B. B.; Chubb, S. A.; Ho, K. K.; Setoh, J. W.; McCaul, K. A.; Norman, P. E.; Jamrozik, K.; Flicker, L.;
Published Date 2010-01-01
Published Volume 162
Published Issue 2
Published Pages 249-57
Status Published in-print
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