Using Cluster Heat Maps to Investigate Relationships Between Body Composition and Laboratory Measurements in HIV-Infected and HIV-Uninfected Children and Young Adults

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Abstract

Cluster heat maps were used to investigate relationships between body composition, lipid levels, and glucose metabolism in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected children and young adults using data from a cross-sectional study. Three distinct clusters of participants were identified. One group had lower body fat and higher lipid measures and was mostly HIV infected. The other 2 groups were a mix of HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected participants. Of these, 1 cluster had more participants with higher body fat and insulin resistance, which are risk factors for future cardiovascular disease, and the other had relatively normal measurements on all outcomes.

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