Thursday, 20 December 2012

Waist and triglycerides predict diabetes risk

A combination of waist circumference and raised triglycerides can be used as a simple and inexpensive screening approach to identify people at increased risk of diabetes, Tianjin researchers have shown.
The hypertriglycedemic-waist (HTGW) phenotype is a simple and inexpensive screening parameter to identify people at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and it has now been shown to predict prediabetes and diabetes in Chinese urban adults.
Dr Zhang Meilin and co-researchers at the Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Tianjin screened healthy 2908 adults and followed them for three years.  There were 1533 new prediabetes and 90 new diabetes cases diagnosed during the follow-up period. The accumulated incidence of prediabetes and diabetes was 53 % and 3.%, respectively.
The risk of developing diabetes was 4.5 times higher in men and women who had the hypertriglycedemic-waist profile.
"The HTGW phenotype can be used as a simple screening approach to predict diabetes. By using this approach, it is possible to identify individuals at high-risk for diabetes, which is of great significance in reducing the incidence of diabetes among Chinese urban adults.
Source: BMC Public Health

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