Body fat distribution and its associated factors in Korean women with polycystic ovary syndrome

Chan Hee Jin, Jin Sung Yuk, Kyung Mook Choi, Kyung Wook Yi, Tak Kim, Jun Young Hur, Jung Ho Shin

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    Aim To investigate the body fat distribution in Korean women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and the association of those distribution with metabolic parameters and hormone profiles. Methods A total 90 patients with PCOS and 97 women without PCOS (control group) were included in this study. Total body fat, abdominal visceral fat, and subcutaneous fat were determined on abdominal fat computed tomography. Lipid profiles and sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG), testosterone, free androgen index (FAI), and cortisol were measured in PCOS group. Results Total body fat and body fat distribution in the PCOS group were not significantly different from the control group in Korean women (P=0.054, P=0.761, P=0.104), but abdominal visceral to subcutaneous fat ratio was larger in the PCOS group than the control group (P=0.047). Not only total body fat and visceral fat, but also subcutaneous fat in the PCOS group had a positive correlation with homeostatic model assessment-insulin resistance, fasting blood sugar, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglyceride, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, fasting insulin, free testosterone, FAI, body mass index, but negative correlation with SHBG and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Conclusions Korean PCOS women had the same body fat distribution as the control group. Subcutaneous fat was also correlated with metabolic parameters and hormone profiles in the Korean PCOS group.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1577-1583
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct


    • Korean
    • abdominal fat computed tomography
    • fat distribution
    • insulin resistance
    • polycystic ovary syndrome

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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