Markers for cardiovascular risk assessment in Indian population
An article titled, “Assessment of body fat mass index (BFMI) and basal metabolism (BM) to BF ratio as markers of cardiovascular (CV) risk in obese Indian population” published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Physiology was found to be interesting, as the researchers have studied the association of various fat and metabolic indices with CV risk in this study. Although studies have reported the CV dysfunctions associated with obesity, only few studies have been conducted in healthy obese population for prediction of their future CV risks. Obesity is one of the independent risk factors for adverse CV events. Moreover, Indians even within the normal body mass index (BMI) range are at an increased risk for developing CV‑related morbidities and mortality, compared to their Caucasian counterparts. Therefore, such a report is an eye‑opener, especially for Indian settings, as BMI has become a misleading concept in the present scenario.
In this article, the authors have reported that the BFMI and BM/BF ratio appear to be better markers for CV risks in obese Indian population. Read more...