Journal Article Equation to estimate visceral adipose tissue volume based on anthropometry for workplace health checkup in Japanese abdominally obese men

SO, Rina  ,  MATSUO, Tomoaki  ,  SAOTOME, Kousaku  ,  TANAKA, Kiyoji

55 ( 5 )  , pp.416 - 422 , 2017-10 , National Institute of occupational safety and health
The purpose of this study was to develop a new equation model for predicting abdominal visceral adipose tissue (VAT) volume using anthropometric values for workplace health checkup and to clarify the association between metabolic risk factors and measured and predicted VAT volumes. Two hundred sixty male workers (200 for derivation group and 60 for validation group) participated in the cross-sectional study. The anthropometric variables and VAT volume were measured with 24 consecutive magnetic resonance images. Measurements in the validation group also included metabolic risk factors, i.e. blood pressure, HDL cholesterol, triglyceride, fasting glucose and HbA1c. Using multiple regression analyses for the derivation group, we determined the best prediction equation for abdominal VAT volume with a variance of 47% as follows: 47.03 age+117.79 BMI+74.18 waist circumference -8,792.7. In our validation group, the correlation coefficient between the measured and predicted VAT volumes was 0.74 (p<0.01). Furthermore, blood pressure, fasting glucose and HbA1c correlated with both measured and predicted VAT volumes. This study suggests that the equation model has potential to assess VAT accumulation levels in workers health checkup where CT and MRI are not available.

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