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Excess Abdominal Fat May Forecast Lung Trouble

Abdominal obesity a better predictor than body mass index for poor lung function

WEDNESDAY, April 12 (HealthDay News) -- Excess abdominal fat is a better predictor of poor lung function than body mass index, according to research published in the April issue of Chest.

Heather M. Ochs-Balcom, Ph.D., of the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, and colleagues analyzed the link between lung function and body mass index, weight, waist size and other markers of excess body fat in 2,153 people aged 35 to 79.

The researchers found waist size and abdominal height negatively linked to lung function in women. In men, the investigators found all overall and abdominal adiposity markers were inversely connected to lung function.

"These results suggest that abdominal adiposity is a better predictor of pulmonary function than weight or body mass index, and investigators should consider it when investigating the determinants of pulmonary function," the authors write.

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