Body mass index predicts aldosterone production in normotensive adults on a high-salt diet

Rhonda Bentley-Lewis, Gail K. Adler, Todd Perlstein, Ellen W. Seely, Paul N. Hopkins, Gordon H. Williams, Rajesh Garg

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Context: The mechanisms underlying obesity-mediated cardiovascular disease are not fully understood. Aldosterone and insulin resistance both are associated with obesity and cardiovascular disease. Objectives: The objectives of this study were to test the hypotheses that aldosterone production is elevated and associated with insulin resistance in overweight adults on a high-sodium diet. Participants/Interventions: Healthy normotensive adults were categorized as lean body mass index (BMI) less than 25 kg/m2 (n = 63) or overweight BMI 25 kg/m2 or greater (n = 57). After 7 d of a high-sodium diet, participants fasted overnight and remained supine throughout hemodynamic and laboratory assessments and angiotensin II (AngII) stimulation. Results: The overweight group, compared with the lean group, had higher 24-h urinary aldosterone (9.0 ± 0.8 vs. 6.6 ± 0.5 μg per 24 h; P = 0.003) and higher AngII-stimulated serum aldosterone (11.4 ± 1.0 vs. 9.0 ± 0.6 ng/dl; P = 0.04). There were no differences in 24-h urinary cortisol or sodium or supine measurements of plasma renin activity, serum aldosterone, or serum potassium. The homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance was predicted by urinary aldosterone excretion (r = 0.32, P = 0.03) and serum aldosterone response to AngII stimulation (r = 0.28, P = 0.02) independent of age and BMI. Conclusion: Urinary aldosterone excretion and AngII-stimulated aldosterone are increased in overweight, compared with lean, normotensive adults. The correlation of these measures of aldosterone production with insulin resistance suggests a potential role for aldosterone in the pathophysiology of obesity-mediated insulin resistance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4472-4475
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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