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Comparison of several anthropometric indices with insulin resistance proxy measures among European adolescents: the Helena study

(2011) EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS. 170(6). p.731-739
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The aim of the current study was to compare the association of several anthropometric indices, with insulin resistance (IR) proxy measures in European adolescents. The present study comprises 1,097 adolescents aged 12.5-17.5 from ten European cities participating in the HELENA study. Weight, height, waist circumference (WC) and hip circumference, skinfolds thickness, fat mass (FM), fasting plasma glucose (G (F)) and serum insulin (I (F)) levels were measured. HOMA (as indicator of IR body mass index (BMI), waist to hip ratio (WHR) and waist to height ratio (WHtR) were calculated. I (F) and HOMA were statistically significantly related to BMI, WC, skinfold sum, WHtR, WHR and FM. BMI, WC, WHtR, skinfold sum and FM displayed similar correlation with I (F) and HOMA as opposed to WHR where lower correlation with IR indices was detected in the overall sample. Similar results were found for boys, girls and underweight/normal weight adolescents. On the other hand, WC and WHtR were found to be more strongly associated with IR proxy measures compared to the rest of anthropometric indices among overweight/obese subjects. Based on the current findings, WC and WHtR could be used, alternatively, to identify the overweight/obese adolescent at risk for developing IR. In addition, all aforementioned anthropometric indices, except WHR, could be used among the underweight/normal weight adolescents.
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BODY-MASS INDEX, CARDIOVASCULAR RISK-FACTORS, WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE, CHILDHOOD OBESITY, PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY, CHILDREN, YOUNG, PREDICTORS, OVERWEIGHT, Waist circumference, Serum insulin, Body mass index, Skinfold sum, Waist-to-hip ratio, Waist-to-height ratio, TO-HEIGHT RATIO

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Chicago
Kondaki, Aikaterini, Evangelia Grammatikaki, David Jiménez Pavón, Yannis Manios, Marcela González-Gross, Michael Sjöstrom, Frédéric Gottrand, et al. 2011. “Comparison of Several Anthropometric Indices with Insulin Resistance Proxy Measures Among European Adolescents: The Helena Study.” European Journal of Pediatrics 170 (6): 731–739.
APA
Kondaki, A., Grammatikaki, E., Jiménez Pavón, D., Manios, Y., González-Gross, M., Sjöstrom, M., Gottrand, F., et al. (2011). Comparison of several anthropometric indices with insulin resistance proxy measures among European adolescents: the Helena study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, 170(6), 731–739.
Vancouver
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Kondaki A, Grammatikaki E, Jiménez Pavón D, Manios Y, González-Gross M, Sjöstrom M, et al. Comparison of several anthropometric indices with insulin resistance proxy measures among European adolescents: the Helena study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS. 2011;170(6):731–9.
MLA
Kondaki, Aikaterini, Evangelia Grammatikaki, David Jiménez Pavón, et al. “Comparison of Several Anthropometric Indices with Insulin Resistance Proxy Measures Among European Adolescents: The Helena Study.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS 170.6 (2011): 731–739. Print.
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  author       = {Kondaki, Aikaterini and Grammatikaki, Evangelia and Jim{\'e}nez Pav{\'o}n, David and Manios, Yannis and Gonz{\'a}lez-Gross, Marcela and Sj{\"o}strom, Michael and Gottrand, Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric and Molnar, D{\'e}nes and Moreno, Luis A and Kafatos, Anthony and Gilbert, Chantal and Kersting, Mathilde and De Henauw, Stefaan},
  issn         = {0340-6199},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS},
  keyword      = {BODY-MASS INDEX,CARDIOVASCULAR RISK-FACTORS,WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE,CHILDHOOD OBESITY,PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY,CHILDREN,YOUNG,PREDICTORS,OVERWEIGHT,Waist circumference,Serum insulin,Body mass index,Skinfold sum,Waist-to-hip ratio,Waist-to-height ratio,TO-HEIGHT RATIO},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {731--739},
  title        = {Comparison of several anthropometric indices with insulin resistance proxy measures among European adolescents: the Helena study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00431-010-1322-4},
  volume       = {170},
  year         = {2011},
}

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