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Are definitions of adiposity appropriate for identification of cardiovascular disease risk in South Asian populations?

Lovegrove, J.A. (2007) Are definitions of adiposity appropriate for identification of cardiovascular disease risk in South Asian populations? Nutrition Bulletin, 32 (2). pp. 129-137. ISSN 0141-9684

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Abstract/Summary

South Asian populations living in the UK have a high prevalence of the metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes which impacts greatly on the morbidity and mortality of this ethnic group. The identification of ‘at risk’ individuals is essential to initiate reventative treatment. However, this is considerably hindered by the lack of appropriate cut-off values for anthropometric measures. CVD risk is significantly higher at a lower body mass index (BMI) in many Asian groups compared with Caucasians and adiposity (particularly central deposition) is higher at similar BMI levels. The definition of adiposity in Asians needs to be firmly established and appropriate lower BMI and waist circumference cut-offs implemented in ethnic subpopulations to facilitate appropriate treatment strategies.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
ID Code:13197
Uncontrolled Keywords:BMI, cut-offs, CVD, metabolic syndrome, South Asians, waist circumference

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