Waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index as predictors of adipose tissue compartments in men

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Abstract

The accumulation of fat in visceral and posterior subcutaneous adipose tissue compartments is highly correlated with the metabolic abnormalities that contribute to increased risk of diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease.Aim: To determine which of waist circumference (WC), waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) and body mass index (BMI) was the best predictor of intraperitoneal and posterior subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue mass in men.Methods: We studied 59 free-living men with a wide range of BMI. WC, WHR and BMI were determined using standard methods. Intraperitoneal, retroperitoneal, anterior subcutaneous and posterior subcutaneous abdominal adipose tissue masses (IPATM, RPATM, ASAATM and PSAATM, respectively) were quantified using magnetic resonance imaging.Results: In univariate regression analysis, WC, WHR and BMI were all significantly and positively correlated (all p  0.05); there was no significant difference between BMI and WHR in predicting IPATM and RPATM (p>0.05), but BMI was a stronger predictor of ASAATM (p = 0.036) and PSAATM (p 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)001-007
JournalQuarterly Journal of Medicine
Volume96
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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