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Background and objectives: Obesity and Metabolic syndrome (MetS) among young adults
is increasing worldwide. This study investigated the relation between body mass index (BMI), waist
circumference (WC), Visceral Adiposity Index (VAI) and Lipid Accumulation Product (LAP), as markers
of obesity in young adults, with markers of MetS: blood pressure (BP), fasting blood glucose (FBG), plasma
triglycerides (TG), high density lipoproteins (HDL), low density lipoproteins (LDL) and total cholesterol.
Methods One hundred and fifty young adults (66 male and 84 females) aged between 18-25
years volunteered to participate in the study. BP and anthropometric measurements including height, weight
and WC were done. BMI was calculated as weight/hight
). A fasting venous blood sample was taken
to measure FBG, plasma TG, HDL, LDL and cholesterol. Lipid Accumulation Product (LAP) and Visceral
Adiposity Index (VAI) were calculated.
Results Overweight and obese young adults had a significantly higher BP, higher LDL and lower HDL
compared to normal weight subjects ((P=0.001), (P=0.005) and (P=0.0001), respectively. BMI showed
highly significant positive correlation with BP (P=0.001) and LDL (P=0.005) and a highly significant
negative correlation with HDL (P=0.001). WC associated positively with BP (P=0.0001) and negatively
with HDL (P=0.0001).VAI and LAP showed a significant correlation with LDL (P=0.04) and a highly
significant negative correlation with HDL (P=0.0001).
Conclusion Both BMI and WC are simple and cheap parameters which showed significant association
with most of the markers of MetS in young adults. They can be used as predictors of MetS in young adults
especially in communities with limited financial resources.
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