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Table 2 Serum hormones and scores on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) in patients and healthy control subjects

From: Cortisol and hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis hormones in follicular-phase women with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome and effect of depressive symptoms on these hormones

  Patients Controls
  Fibromyalgia Chronic fatigue syndrome  
Variable (N = 68) (N = 62) (N = 46)
BDI score 22.48 ± 12.53* 24.18 ± 12.67* 12.48 ± 5.83
LH 7.65 ± 6.45 6.63 ± 5.89 6.88 ± 4.69
FSH 5.92 ± 4.38 6.41 ± 4.35 6.69 ± 4.87
Progesterone 4.13 ± 5.76 3.69 ± 4.18 3.78 ± 3.97
Estradiol 113.24 ± 89.48 105.52 ± 101.12 94.15 ± 59.34
Prolactin 23.34 ± 17.12 24.19 ± 16.88 19.35 ± 10.45
Cortisol 10.14 ± 6.49* 10.38 ± 5.82* 13.52 ± 6.25
  1. Values are means ± standard deviation. *Significantly different from control value (P < 0.05). FSH, follicle-stimulating hormone; LH, luteinizing hormone.