Fat Mass Index (Not BMI) Indicator of Heart Disease in Diabetics
Fat mass index, not body mass index (BMI), is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular events in people with diabetes, says a study.
When issues related to obesity are studied, suitable metrics that describe obesity accurately are extremely important.
For the study, the researchers analysed data on 10,251 adults from the ACCORD study, a randomized controlled trial in the US looking at diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD).
The mean age was almost 63 years, and 62 per cent of participants were men.
In contrast to the previous research, the protective role of lean body mass was not observed in the research population with Type-2 diabetes as a whole.
"We found that the protective effect of lean body mass was observed in participants with a lean BMI of less than 16.7 kg/m2," said Xinqun Hu, Departments of Cardiovascular Medicine and Emergency Medicine, The Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University in Changsha, Hunan, China.
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