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The assessment of life style and the visceral adiposity index as cardiometabolic risk factors



Introduction. The patients with cardiometabolic/ cardiovascular risk are commonly found in clinics and ambulatory clinics. The cardiovascular (CV) or cardiometabolic (CM) risk factors and biomarkers are certain characteristics of the person without CV disease, which are independently correlated with the subsequent occurrence of CV disease, without necessarily having a causal relationship between factor and disease. The visceral adiposity index (VAI) indicates the function of visceral adipose tissue and its growth is independently correlated with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risk.

The objective of the study was to evaluate the lifestyle and visceral adiposity index as possible cardiometabolic risk factors in patients with diabetes, prediabetes, and in the general population.

Methods. The study was epidemiological, transversal, noninterventional, and was performed by analyzing 300 subjects, divided into three groups: group 1 (100 patients with type 2 diabetes), group 2 (100 pre-diabetic patients), and group 3 (control) consisting of 100 individuals randomly recruited without diabetes.

Results. The accumulation of cardiovascular risk factors results is an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. We found statistically significant differences between the three groups in terms of BMI, CT, VAI, CT, HDL-c and LDL-c values, which were higher in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) than in prediabetics or in the general population, which also coincided with higher cardiovascular risk in these patients.
Conclusions. We emphasize the importance of both early cardiovascular risk assessment and the importance of controlling cardiovascular risk factors, both by non-pharmacological methods, and by associating early drug therapy when necessary.

Keywords: obesity, sedentariness, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, prediabetes.

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Gârgavu SR, Clenciu D, Roșu MM, Țenea-Cojan TS, Costache A, Vladu IM, Moța M. The assessment of life style and the visceral adiposity index as cardiometabolic risk factors. Arch Balk Med Union, 2018, 53(2):189-195. DOI 10.31688/ABMU.2018.53.2.02