Simple anthropometric measures identify fasting hyperinsulinemia and clustering of cardiovascular risk factors in Asian Indian adolescents

Metabolism. 2006 Dec;55(12):1569-73. doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2006.06.029.


Correlations of easily measurable parameters of obesity (body mass index [BMI], waist circumference [WC], and subscapular skinfold thickness) with fasting hyperinsulinemia and cardiovascular risk factors (CRFs) have not been investigated in adolescents. We evaluated the screening performance of 3 anthropometric measurements, BMI, WC, and subscapular skinfold thickness, in identifying fasting hyperinsulinemia and clustering of CRFs in 680 male and 521 female adolescents and young adults aged 14 to 18 years in a cross-sectional population survey. CRFs considered were hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, low levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, impaired fasting blood glucose, hypertension, and fasting hyperinsulinemia. The ability of the anthropometric measurements to identify the clustering of CRFs without (cluster 1) and with fasting hyperinsulinemia (cluster 2), and fasting hyperinsulinemia alone was evaluated. BMI, WC, and subscapular skinfold thickness identified the clustering of CRFs and fasting hyperinsulinemia better in males than in females. Among individual risk factors, WC was better in identifying the presence of 3 or more risk factors in cluster 1 for both males and females, and in cluster 2 in females. Subscapular skinfold thickness was better than BMI and WC in identifying hyperinsulinemia in males, and the presence of 3 or more risk factors in cluster 2 in females. All 3 measurements were more accurate in identifying fasting hyperinsulinemia than presence of 3 or more CRFs in either cluster 1 or cluster 2 with higher odds ratio for males. This study shows gender differences in identification of insulin resistance and clustering of CRFs by using simple anthropometric parameters in Asian Indian adolescents. These simple measurements are useful for preventing and predicting cardiovascular risk and for generating a correct definition of the metabolic syndrome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Body Mass Index*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / etiology*
  • Fasting / blood*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperinsulinism / complications
  • Hyperinsulinism / diagnosis*
  • India
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Male
  • ROC Curve
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Skinfold Thickness
  • Waist-Hip Ratio*