Relationship Between Serum Testosterone, Leptin,Interleukin-6 (il-6) Level and Insulin Sensitivity in Non-obese and Obese Male Subjects in Magway Region, Myanmar


  • Mya Thanda Sein Department of Physiology, University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Zarchi Theint-Theint Hlaing Department of Physiology, University of Medicine, Magway, Magway Regional Division, The Republic of Union of Myanmar
  • Thurein - Zaw Department of Physiology, University of Medicine, Magway, Magway Regional Division, The Republic of Union of Myanmar
  • Yin Thu Theint Department of Physiology, University of Medicine 2, Yangon, The Republic of Union of Myanmar
  • Soe Minn Htway Department of Physiology, University of Medicine, Magway, Magway Regional Division, The Republic of Union of Myanmar



Objective: To determine the relationship between insulin resistance and related variables (serum testosterone, interleukin (IL-6) and leptin level) in obese and non-obese healthy subjects. Methods: Community-based crosssectional, analytic study was undertaken in 60 subjects for each obese group (BMI ≥ 30.0 kg/m2) and non-obese group (BMI 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2) (age;18-45 years) residing in Magway Township from December 2016 to December 2017. Serum insulin, testosterone, IL-6 and leptin levels were measured by enzyme linked immunoassay, and serum fasting glucose was measured by glucose oxidase method. Insulin sensitivity was calculated by HOMA formula (Homeostatic Model Assessment). Results:HOMA-IR, serum leptin and IL-6 level were significantly higher in obese group while serum testosterone level was significantly lower in obese group. There was a significantly correlation between HOMA-IR with leptin (r=0.306, p=0.001), IL-6 (r=0.237, p=0.009) and testosterone (r=-0.209,p=0.02). Moreover, serum leptin was significantly and positively correlated with IL-6 (r=0.391, p<0.001) while serum testosterone was significantly and negatively correlated with leptin (r=-0.408, p<0.001), and IL-6 (r=-0.34, p<0.001).Conclusions:Obese men are more likely to have low testosterone, high inflammatory markers leptin and Il-6, which were associated with decreased insulin sensitivity.



Leptin, Testosterone, IL-6, NHOMA-IR, Obesity


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How to Cite

Sein, M. T., Hlaing, Z. T.-T., Zaw, T. .-., Theint, Y. T., & Htway, S. M. (2021). Relationship Between Serum Testosterone, Leptin,Interleukin-6 (il-6) Level and Insulin Sensitivity in Non-obese and Obese Male Subjects in Magway Region, Myanmar. Journal of Endocrinology Research, 2(2), 9–15.





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