ANI |Updated:Sep 23, 2019 17: 12IST
Washington D.C. [USA], Sept 23 (ANI): Fat Mass Index (FMI) – a measure of relative fat content is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events indiabetic people, a new study has highlighted.
Body mass index (BMI), a common measure of obesity, has been recently shown to be an imperfect metric because it does not distinguish between lean muscle mass and fat mass. When issues related to obesity are studied, suitable metrics that describe obesity accurately are extremely important.
In the study, researchers analized data on 10, 251 adults from the ACCORD study, a randomized controlled trial in the United States looking at diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The mean age was almost 63 years, and 62 per cent of participants were men. The researchers found that people withtype 2 diabetesand higher fat mass were at increased risk of major cardiovascular events compared to people with lower fat mass.
In contrast to previous research, the protective role of lean body mass was not observed in the research population withtype 2 diabetesas a whole.
“We found that the protective effect of lean body mass was observed in participants with a leanBMIof less than 16 .7kg / m2, “said Dr Xinqun Hu, Departments of Cardiovascular Medicine and Emergency Medicine, The Second Xiangya Hospital, Changsha, Hunan, China.
“The increased risk of CVD in [type 2 diabetesmellitis] patients with lowerBMImay be attributed to the adverse effect of lower lean body mass that overrides the positive effec t of lower fat mass, “Hu explained. (ANI)