Adiposity and sex hormones in girls

Heather J. Baer, Graham A. Colditz, Walter C. Willett, Joanne F. Dorgan

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Abstract

Greater body fatness during childhood is associated with reduced risk ofpremenopausal breast cancer, but few studies have addressed the relation of adiposity with sex hormones in girls. We prospectively examined associations between adiposity and circulating levels ofsex hormones and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) among 286 girls in the Dietary Intervention Study in Children. Participants were 8 to 10 years old at baseline and were followed for an average of7 years. Anthropometric measurements were taken at baseline and at subsequent annual visits, and blood samples were collected every 2 years. Concentrations ofdehydroep iandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) during follow-up were higher among girls with greater body mass index (BMI) at baseline. The mean for the lowest BMI quartile was 63.0 μg/dL compared with 78.8 μg/dL for the highest quartile, and each kg/m2 increment in baseline BMI was associated with a 4.3% increase (95% confidence interval, 1.6-7.0%) in DHEAS levels during follow-up (Ptrend = 0.002). Concentrations ofSH BG during follow-up were lower among girls with greater BMI at baseline. The mean for the lowest BMI quartile was 94.8 nmol compared with 57.5 nmol for the highest quartile, and each kg/m2 increment in baseline BMI was associated with an 8.8% decrease (95% confidence interval, 7.0-10.6%) in SHBG levels during follow-up (P trend < 0.0001). Estrogen and progesterone concentrations were similar across BMI quartiles. These findings suggest that adiposity may alter DHEAS and SHBG levels in girls. Whether and how these differences affect breast development and carcinogenesis requires further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1880-1888
Number of pages9
JournalCancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention
Volume16
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007

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