1st tertile post-stimulation cortisol 3rd tertile post-stimulation cortisol p-value
Variable mean (stddev) mean (stddev)  
FRAMINGHAM SCORE 13.77 (2.67) 15.02 (2.8) <.0001
TOTAL CHOLESTEROL 215.01 (37.18) 230.91 (39.06) <.0001
EXTRA ABDOMINAL FAT 221.2 (113.25) 267.49 (131.34) <.0001
QUICKI 0.15 (0.01) 0.14 (0.01) <.0001
GLU 103.88 (17.25) 111.73 (33.15) <.0001
HOMA IR 2.99 (2.29) 3.89 (3.53) <.0001
APOB 109.23 (23.63) 119.24 (24.25) 0.0002
HDL 49.48 (13.05) 53.48 (16.14) 0.0002
BASELINE INSULIN 12.39 (8.46) 15.43 (12.6) 0.0002
INTRA ABDOMINAL FAT 117.99 (65.82) 139.29 (86.74) 0.0002
WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE 0.41 (0.49) 0.61 (0.49) 0.0037
BASELINE GLUCOSE 94.65 (13.87) 98.37 (21.1) 0.0068
POSTSTIMULATION GLUCOSE 109.74 (44.18) 120.1 (56.04) 0.0076
BMI 28.05 (4.56) 28.97 (4.93) 0.0090
TG 133.46 (89.22) 155.35 (146.85) 0.0148
CRP 3.05 (5.1) 4.11 (6.25) 0.0160
POSTSTIMULATION INSULIN 73.86 (74.18) 86.68 (73.36) 0.0236
AB HEIGHT 25.08 (3.69) 25.59 (4.22) 0.0855
SBP 135.49 (19.3) 137.17 (20.65) 0.2551
DBP 78.47 (9.2) 78.22 (10.04) 0.7262
4 YEAR CAC 360.08 (648.74) 335.55 (626.46) 0.7323
BASELINE CAC 217.49 (450.37) 208.24 (408.47) 0.7701
2 YEAR CAC 267.39 (540.57) 260.18 (687.62) 0.8873
Table 1: The values of the variables studied are shown in relation to the tertiles of cortisol secretion in response to ACTH (1st tertile vs. 3rd tertile)