Salivary but not blood cortisol excretion is associated with metabolic biomarkers in healthy young women.

Shoko Konishi, Kathleen A O'Connor,

American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council, January 18, 2016

Elevated and suppressed concentrations of cortisol have been linked with less favorable metabolic biomarkers, such as elevated lipids and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c). Based on recent work reporting that some individuals secrete more cortisol into saliva (high saliva-to-blood cortisol ratio; high secretors) than others after correcting for blood cortisol concentrations, our objectives were to examine (1) whether lipids and glycosylated hemoglobin varied across cortisol and salivary secretor status; and (2) if blood and saliva provide the same results with respect to metabolic markers. Matched saliva and dried blood spot (DBS) specimens collected once a week for four weeks (N = 48 healthy women, 192 specimens) were assayed for cortisol. Fasting blood specimens collected once from each woman were quantified for cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL), triglycerides and HbA1c. Low salivary cortisol secretors showed significantly higher triglyceride and HbA1c compared to high-secretors (P

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Pubmed Link: 26779782

DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.22827