What is it about?

We assessed the association between altitude and abdominal obesity in Peru, and particularly focussing on how sociodemographic variables impact this association.

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Why is it important?

Abdominal obesity represents an accurate predictor of overall morbidity and mortality, which is worrisome because it is also continuously increasing across Andean countries. However, its relationship with altitude remains unclear.

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Abdominal obesity is highly prevalent in Peru and decreases significantly with altitude, but age and gender modify this association. Thus, abdominal obesity appears to affect older women from low altitudes more than younger men from high altitudes.

Antonio Quispe
Universidad Continental del Peru

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This page is a summary of: Altitude and its inverse association with abdominal obesity in an Andean country: a cross-sectional study, F1000Research, October 2019, Faculty of 1000, Ltd., DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.20707.1.
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