About the Authors

Bernd Schultes

To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: schultes@kfg.uni-luebeck.de

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany

Kamila Jauch-Chara

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany

Steffen Gais

Affiliation Department of Neuroendocrinology, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany

Manfred Hallschmid

Affiliation Department of Neuroendocrinology, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany

Eva Reiprich

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany

Werner Kern

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany

Kerstin M Oltmanns

Affiliation Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany

Achim Peters

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany

Horst L Fehm

Affiliation Department of Internal Medicine, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany

Jan Born

Affiliation Department of Neuroendocrinology, University of Luebeck, Luebeck, Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

BS, SG, WK, KMO, AP, HLF, and JB designed the study. BS, MH, KMO, AP, and JB analyzed the data. KJC, ER, and WK enrolled patients. BS, KJC, SG, MH, ER, WK, KMO, AP, HLF, and JB contributed to writing the paper. SG and ER collected data or did experiments for the study. SG contributed partial analysis of the data and participated in discussions concerning the results. HLF and JB contributed to the conception, design, and data interpretation of the study.