Excess body weight

An underrecognized contributor to high blood cholesterol levels in white American men

Iargo A. Denke, Christopher T. Sempos, Scott M Grundy

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Background: The influence of body weight on serum lipids is often overlooked in clinical practice. Methods: The association between body weight adjusted for height as calculated by body-mass index (BMI) and serum lipid and lipoprotein levels in white men was examined using the second National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES II). Lipid results were categorized into six different levels of BMI: (1) 21.0 kg/m2 or lower, (2) 21.1 to 23.0 kg/m2, (3) 23.1 to 25.0 kg/m2, (4) 25.1 to 27.0 kg/m2, (5) 27.1 to 30.0 kg/m2, and (6) greater than 30.0 kg/m2, and three age groups: (1) young men (20 through 44 years), (2) middle-aged men (45 through 59 years), and (3) older men (60 through 74 years). Results: Using linear trend analysis, changes in BM1 from categories 2 to 5 in young men were associated with a total cholesterol level 0.59 mmol/L(23 mg/dL) higher (P<.01), a non-high-density lipoprotein (non-HDL) cholesterol level 0.70 mmol/L (27 mg/dL) higher (P<.01), and a low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol level 0.59 mmol/L (23 mg/ dL) higher (P=.03). For middle-aged men and older men, the same change in BMI was associated with smaller but still significant differences in total cholesterol levels (high-er by 0.31 mmol/L [12 mg/dL] [P<.01] and 0.28 mmol/L [11 mg/dL] [P<.01], respectively) and non-HDL cholesterol levels (higher by 0.37 mmol/L [14 mg/dL] [P<.01] and 0.25 mmol/L [10 mg/dL] [P<.01], respectively), whereas the LDL cholesterol levels were unchanged. Although advancing age may blunt the BMI-associated differences in total and LDL cholesterol levels, the BMI-associated differences in triglyceride levels (higher by 0.70 to 1.33 mmol/L [62 to 118 mg/dL] [P<.001]) and HDL cholesterol levels (lower by 0.18 to 0.39 mmol/L [7 to 15 mg/dL] [P<.001]) were of similar magnitude in all age groups. Conclusion: Excess body weight is associated with deleterious changes in the lipoprotein profile. Higher BMI was associated at all ages with higher plasma triglyceride level, lower HDL cholesterol level, and higher total and non-HDL cholesterol levels. In young men, the higher total cholesterol level was reflected mainly in the LDL cholesterol level; in middle-aged and older men, in the nonHDL fraction. Programs to reduce coronary heart disease by improving lipid levels should include more emphasis on achieving and maintaining ideal body weight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1093-1103
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume153
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 10 1993

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Hypercholesterolemia
Body Weight
Body Mass Index
LDL Cholesterol
HDL Cholesterol
Lipids
Nutrition Surveys
Lipoproteins
Triglycerides
Age Groups
Ideal Body Weight
Serum
Coronary Disease
Cholesterol

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Excess body weight : An underrecognized contributor to high blood cholesterol levels in white American men. / Denke, Iargo A.; Sempos, Christopher T.; Grundy, Scott M.

In: Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 153, No. 9, 10.05.1993, p. 1093-1103.

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