Partial reversal of the hypogonadotropic hypogonadism of obese men by administration of corticosuppressive doses of dexamethasone Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Dexamethasone
  • Follicle Stimulating Hormone
  • Hypogonadism
  • Luteinizing Hormone
  • Obesity

abstract

  • Obese men have hyperestrogenemia-induced hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HHG), due, we believe, to increased rarmatization of adrenal androgens by the increased bulk of aromatase-containing adipose tissue. We studied the effects of corticosuppressive doses of dexamethasone (D) on 24-h mean plasma total and free estradiol (E2), estrone (E1), LH, FSH, total and free testosterone, delta 4-androstenedione (delta 4), and sex-hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) in nine obese men and five normal-weight controls. In the obese men, the following hormones fell: E2 [59 +/- 19 to 39 +/- 11 pg/ml (P less than 0.01)], E1 [93 +/- 41 to 50 +/- 25 pg/ml; (P less than 0.01)], delta 4-androstenedione [120 +/- 80 to 55 +/- 27 ng/dl; (P less than 0.02)]; free E2 [1.6 +/- 0.4 to 1.1 +/- 0.2 pg/ml; (P less than 0.01)], SHBG [12.8 +/- 5.3 to 8.2 +/- 3 nM/l; (P less than 0.04)]. FSH rose from 4.8 +/- 3.2 to 7.6 +/- 4.2 miu/ml (P less than 0.01). LH, total and free testosterone showed no significant change. In the nonobese men, there were decreases in total E2 [(34 +/- 6.8 to 25 +/- 10 pg/ml; P less than 0.04)], SHBG [16.8 +/- 7.5 to 10.4 +/- 2.0 nM/l: P less than .05.], free E2 [0.9 +/- 0.2 to 0.7 +/- 0.3 pg/ml: P less than 0.05], delta 4 [91.4 +/- 3.6 to 33.4 +/- 16.7 ng/dl; P less than .01] and total T [492 +/- 44 to 393 +/- 121 ng/dl; P less than 0.04]. There was no significant change in E1, FSH, LH or free T.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

publication date

  • December 1988

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 3148562

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 525

end page

  • 31

volume

  • 12

number

  • 6