Figure 2: Associations between leucine and components of MetS, waist circumference (a) and HDL-cholesterol (b). Evaluation of the association between leucine and components of MetS reveals a significant relationship between leucine and waist circumference (, ; ) (a) and leucine and HDL-cholesterol (, ; ) (b). ○, 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.