See What HealthDay Can Do For You
Contact Us

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.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Physician's Briefing

HealthDay

HealthDay is the world’s largest syndicator of health news and content, and providers of custom health/medical content.

Consumer Health News

A health news feed, reviewing the latest and most topical health stories.

Professional News

A news feed for Health Care Professionals (HCPs), reviewing latest medical research and approvals.