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Assessment of the Relationship between Lipid Parameters and Obesity Indices in Non-Diabetic Obese Patients: A Preliminary Report

Anna Stępień, Mariusz Stępień, Rafał N. Wlazeł, Marek Paradowski, Maciej Banach, Jacek Rysz

Department of Nephrology, Hypertension and Family Medicine, Medical University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland

Med Sci Monit 2014; 20:2683-2688

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.890845

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Published: 2014-12-16


Background: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine the relationship between obesity and lipid markers.
Material and Methods: We divided 66 non-diabetic adult obese patients (mean age: 55.8±11.6 years) into 3 groups according to body mass index (BMI). All patients were measured for waist circumference (WC), hip circumference (HC), body mass index (BMI), waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), waist-to-height ratio (WHtR), body adiposity index (BAI), and visceral adiposity index (VAI). Serum levels of total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and triglycerides (TG) were determined, and lipid indices TC/HDL, LDL/HDL, and TG/HDL were also estimated.
Results: TC and LDL-C in Group III were lower than in Group I (5.0±1.0 vs. 6.0±1.0 mmol/L, and 2.9±0.9 vs. 3.8±1.2 mmol/L; p<0.05 for both). Negative correlations were found between: BMI and TC, LDL, and HDL (r=–0.291; r=–0.310, r=–0.240, respectively); and WC, WHR, VAI, and HDL (r=–0.371, r=–0.296, r=–0.376, respectively). Positive correlations were found between WC, WHR, and TG/HDL (r=0.279, r=0.244, respectively) and between VAI and: TC (r=0.327), TG (r=0.885), TC/HDL (r=0.618), LDL/HDL (r=0.480), and TG/HDL (r=0.927).
Conclusions: Obesity is associated with lipid disturbances, especially with HDL-C reduction, in obese non-diabetic patients. VAI is strongly related to lipid profile and thus may be the most valuable obesity index in obese patients with dyslipidemias.

Keywords: Diabetes Mellitus - blood, Lipids - blood, Obesity - blood



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