Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an increasingly common condition that is highly correlated with obesity; however, it is not uncommon among nonobese individuals. Triglyceride (TG) and glucose index combined with body mass index (TyG-BMI) has been proposed as a favorable marker of insulin resistance. We sought to investigate the effectiveness of TyG-BMI in identifying NAFLD in nonobese subjects.
We conducted a cross-sectional study in a nonobese (BMI <25.0 kg/m2) Chinese population (N = 6809) of adults who underwent health examinations, including abdominal ultrasonography.
The prevalence of ultrasonography-detected NAFLD was 23.9% in nonobese subjects. After adjusting for potential confounders, every 1-standard deviation increase in TyG-BMI had an odds ratio (OR) of 3.4 [95% confidence interval (95% CI), 3.0–3.9] for NAFLD. Compared with the lowest quartile of TyG-BMI, multivariable-adjusted ORs were 2.4 (1.6–3.6), 6.4 (4.2–9.7), and 15.3 (9.8–23.9) for those in the second, third, and fourth quartile, respectively. According to the receiver operating characteristic curve analysis, TyG-BMI was effective in diagnosing patients with NAFLD with an area under the curve of 0.835 (95% CI, 0.824–0.845). In comparison, TyG-BMI was superior to its components, including TyG, BMI, TG, and fasting plasma glucose, for identifying nonobese subjects at risk for NAFLD.
In this study, the prevalence of NAFLD was over one-fifth in the nonobese population. TyG-BMI was an effective marker to detect NAFLD in nonobese subjects.