Sex hormone changes during weight loss and maintenance in overweight and obese postmenopausal African-American and non-African-American women.

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Changes in sex hormones with weight loss might have implications for breast cancer prevention but have not been examined extensively, particularly in African-American (AA) women.We conducted a prospective study of 278 overweight/obese postmenopausal women (38% AA) not taking hormone therapy within the Weight Loss Maintenance Trial. All participants lost at least 4 kg after a 6-month weight-loss phase and attempted to maintain weight loss during the subsequent 12 months. We evaluated the percentage changes in estrone, estradiol, free estradiol, testosterone, free testosterone, androstenedione, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) using generalized estimating equations.In all study phases, AA women had higher levels of estrogen and testosterone concentrations, independent of adiposity. On average, participants lost 7.7 kg during the weight-loss phase, and concentrations of estrone (-5.7%, P = 0.006), estradiol (-9.9%, P <0.001), free estradiol (-13.4%, P <0.0001), and free testosterone (-9.9%, P <0.0001) decreased, while the SHBG concentration (16.2%, P <0.001) increased. Weight change did not significantly affect total testosterone or other androgen concentrations. Compared with non-AA women, AA women experienced less change in estrogens per kilogram of weight change (that is, per 1 kg weight loss: estrone, -0.6% vs. -1.2%, P-interaction = 0.10; estradiol, -1.1% vs. -1.9%, P-interaction = 0.04; SHBG, 0.9% vs. 1.6%, P-interaction = 0.006; free estradiol, -1.4% vs. -2.1%, P-interaction = 0.01).To the best of our knowledge this is the first study to examine and compare the effects of intentional weight loss and maintenance on a panel of sex hormones in AA women and non-AA women. Although speculative, these data suggest hormonal differences may contribute to different racial patterns of breast cancer incidence and mortality and encourage further investigations to understand the long-term effects of weight loss on sex hormones in obese postmenopausal women.ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT00054925.

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Cited Authors

  • Stolzenberg-Solomon, RZ; Falk, RT; Stanczyk, F; Hoover, RN; Appel, LJ; Ard, JD; Batch, BC; Coughlin, J; Han, X; Lien, LF; Pinkston, CM; Svetkey, LP; Katki, HA

Published Date

  • October 31, 2012

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Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 5

Start / End Page

  • R141 -

PubMed ID

  • 23113944

Pubmed Central ID

  • 23113944

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1465-542X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1465-5411

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1186/bcr3346

Language

  • eng