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01.12.2014 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2014 Open Access

BMC Geriatrics 1/2014

Gender differences in adiponectin levels and body composition in older adults: Hallym aging study

BMC Geriatrics > Ausgabe 1/2014
Hong Ji Song, Sohee Oh, Shanai Quan, Ohk-Hyun Ryu, Jin-Young Jeong, Kyung-Soon Hong, Dong-Hyun Kim
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Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

HJS suggested the study. HJS, SO and DHK designed the study and developed the study protocol. SO and HJS analysed the data. All authors interpreted the results. HJS drafted the manuscript. All authors contributed to the critical revision of the manuscript. DHK has full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.



Body composition changes with ageing can influence the adiponectin concentration. However, the component of body composition that is associated with adiponectin concentrations in older adults remains unclear.


There were 152 males and 168 females aged 65 years or older that participated in the 2010 Hallym Aging Study (HAS). Body composition (assessed by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry; DXA), anthropometric parameters and adiponectin were obtained from all participants. Multivariate linear regression models assessed the association of body fat percentage, regional muscle and bone mineral contents of body composition and waist/height ratio with adiponectin concentration. Age, albumin, testosterone concentration and metabolic parameters were considered as confounding factors.


In correlation analysis, age was positively associated with adiponectin in males (P < 0.01), but not in females. Fasting glucose, albumin, arm skeletal muscle mass and bone mineral content were negatively associated with adiponectin in males (P < 0.05). Testosterone and leg bone mineral content were negatively associated with adiponectin in females (P < 0.05). In multivariate linear regression models, body fat percentage and albumin (P < 0.05) were negatively associated with adiponectin, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) (P < 0.001) and age (P < 0.01) were positively associated with adiponectin in older males. In older females, the only factors that correlated significantly with adiponectin concentration were the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (P < 0.001) and HDL-C (P < 0.05). The waist/height ratio and bone mineral content were not associated with adiponectin in either gender.


Plasma adiponectin levels correlated negatively with body fat percentage in older males but not in older females. The differential results between older males and females suggest that certain gender-specific mechanisms may affect the association between adiponectin and age-related body composition changes.
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