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Revista Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

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BUSTAMANTE-ZULUAGA, Carlos; VERGARA-QUINTERO, Felipe  and  DIAZ-YUNEZ, Israel. Association between adiponectin and polycystic ovary syndrome: review of the literature. Rev Colomb Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2013, vol.64, n.2, pp.190-198. ISSN 0034-7434.

Objective: To review the existing literature on the association between adiponectin and polycystic ovary syndrome (POS). Materials and methods: A search of the literature was conducted in the Scielo, lilacs and PubMed electronic databases via ovid, as well as in indexed journals and recognized medical societies such as Fertility and Sterility, The European Journal of Endocrinology, The Journal of Biological Chemistry, Human Reproduction and Nature Medicine. Results: Overall, 75 titles were reviewed and 50 were found to meet our selection criteria. They included cross-sectional, case-controls studies and one meta-analysis. Serum adiponectin levels were lower in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Results regarding adiponectin levels and obesity are conflicting in women with and without POS. There is little information about this association in the Latin American population. Conclusión: The literature shows an association between low adiponectin levels and women with polycystic ovary syndrome, regardless of the presence or absence of obesity.

Keywords : Adiponectin; obesity; hyperandrogenism; insulin resistance; polycystic ovary syndrome.

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