Baseline clinical, anthropometric, and biochemical characteristics of the study populations.

<p>Group I–prediabetic, obese NAFLD with MS, group II—lean NAFLD without MS, group III—obese without MS, group IV—healthy individuals.</p><p>Data are expresses as means ± SD (normally distributed continuous variables).</p><p>*statistically significant at <i>p</i><0.005 in comparison to group IV (control)</p><p>- concentrations of circulating IL-6 levels in healthy subjects were below the detection threshold.</p><p>Baseline clinical, anthropometric, and biochemical characteristics of the study populations.</p>