Figure 1: Associations between aromatic amino acids and components of MetS. Evaluation of the associations between tyrosine with components of MetS reveals significant strong associations between tyrosine and waist circumference (, ; ) (a), body mass index (, ; ) (b), and % of body fat (, ; for male subjects; , ; for female subjects) (d). A significant strong association between phenylalanine and waist circumference is evident in (c) (, ; ). ○, male subjects; ■, female subjects. Associations were analyzed by Pearson’s correlation analyses (crude). A value of less than 0.05 was taken as a statistically significant difference between the tested parameters.