Evaluating CMR

Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes/CVD Risk

Usefulness of Hypertriglyceridemic Waist

Key Points

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  • Hypertriglyceridemic waist (elevated waist girth and triglyceride concentrations) could be a simple and inexpensive way to identify individuals with high levels of intra-abdominal (visceral) fat and the features of the metabolic syndrome.
  • The simultaneous presence of an elevated waist circumference and high triglyceride levels increases relative risk of CHD.
  • Hypertriglyceridemic waist increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • A diagnosis of hypertriglyceridemic waist is not sufficient, however, to assess global CHD risk.