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

Group I–prediabetic, obese NAFLD with MS, group II—lean NAFLD without MS, group III—obese without MS, group IV—healthy individuals.

Data are expresses as means ± SD (normally distributed continuous variables).

*statistically significant at p<0.005 in comparison to group IV (control)

- concentrations of circulating IL-6 levels in healthy subjects were below the detection threshold.

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