Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Body Mass Index Accurate Predictor of Cardiovascular Disease!

December 7, 2009 (The Hague, the Netherlands) — A large prospective study of more than 20 000 Dutch people has shown that body-mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC)--accurately measured by trained staff--were equally predictive of cardiovascular disease (CVD)events and mortality over 10 years [1]. The results are published online December 7, 2009 in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.

In summary, in obese respondents (>BMI 30 kg/m2), relative risk of fatal CVD was fourfold higher and risk of nonfatal CVD was twofold higher than in normal-weight respondents. Similar associations were observed for WC (>88 cm vs <80 cm in women and >102 cm vs <94 cm in men).

In those with BMI >25 kg/m2, half of all fatal CVD and a quarter of nonfatal CVD were ascribed to their being overweight.

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