|LETTER TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2017 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 237
Leptin as an independent marker of metabolic syndrome
Beuy Joob1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2
1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Hainan Sheng, China
|Date of Web Publication||4-Dec-2017|
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok
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|How to cite this article:|
Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Leptin as an independent marker of metabolic syndrome. Tzu Chi Med J 2017;29:237
The publication on “Leptin as an independent marker of metabolic syndrome” by Tseng et al. is very interesting . Tseng et al. concluded that “Serum leptin is positively correlated with MetS. It serves as an independent marker of MetS in elderly patients with T2DM .” In fact, the usefulness of serum leptin is widely mentioned. Nevertheless, there are many possible confounding factors that might disturb the determination. First, exercise can result in lowering leptin level . Second, in the case with underlying liver problem and abnormal elevated bilirubin level (such as in cases with chronic hepatitis), the interference on leptin level measurement is possible . Hence, the patients with underlying hepatitis should be excluded from the study. These factors have to be concerned in the study by Tseng et al. .
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