Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity and its relationship to the autonomic nervous system in women with visceral and subcutaneous obesity: effects of the corticotropin-releasing factor/arginine-vasopressin test and of stress.

In a previous study, we demonstrated that premenopausal women with visceral obesity have hyperactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, characterized by an exaggerated hormone response to corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) and corticotropin (ACTH) stimulation. The hypothalamic peptide flow that stimulates the pituitary, particularly after… CONTINUE READING