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Body Fat Better Than BMI in Predicting Diabetes Risk: Study

by VR Sreeraman on July 16, 2010 at 4:51 PM
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 Body Fat Better Than BMI in Predicting Diabetes Risk: Study

Waist circumference gives a better prediction of diabetes risk than BMI, according to researchers at the German Institute for Nutritional Research in Potsdam-Rehbrucke.

Silke Feller and her colleagues concluded that predictive power of waist circumference for diabetes is particularly high for normal and underweight people (BMI less than 25).

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Persons with a BMI of less than 25 points, but with a large waist circumference, have just as high a risk of developing diabetes, as pre-obese (BMI between 25- 30) women and men with low waist circumference.

The development of diabetes is particularly influenced by visceral fat tissue, which is metabolically more active than non-visceral fat.

Visceral fat can be more accurately assessed from the waist circumference with people of lower weight than with overweight people, as waist circumference in overweight people contains a high proportion of subcutaneous fat.

The conclusion is mentioned in the current edition of Deutsches Arzteblatt International.

Source: ANI
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