Body mass index and waist circumference as determinants of coronary artery disease in Taiwanese adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus

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This study examined the association between body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) and coronary artery disease (CAD) in Taiwanese type 2 diabetic patients.


A total of 1183 (558 men and 625 women) patients aged 62.4±11.6 years were studied. CAD was diagnosed by history or an electrocardiogram by Minnesota codes.


The respective cutoffs of BMI and WC as determined by the receiver operating characteristic curves were 24.5 kg/m2 and 90 cm for men, and 25 kg/m2 and 80 cm for women. Distributions of CAD prevalence and multivariate-adjusted odds ratio (MAOR) for BMI cutoffs of 24.5 and 25 kg/m2 were quite similar in men. MAOR for WC above the respective cutoffs for men and women was 1.832 (1.267-2.648) and 1.450 (0.956-2.200, 0.05Conclusion:

The recommended BMI and WC cutoffs for obesity for Asian adults are associated with CAD in Taiwanese T2DM.

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