The visceral adiposity index as a predictor of insulin resistance in young women with polycystic ovary syndrome

Jee Young Oh, Yeon Ah Sung, Hye Jin Lee

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Abstract

Objective Visceral fat accumulation is more strongly related to insulin resistance than to excess total adiposity. The visceral adiposity index (VAI) has recently been suggested as an indicator of the visceral adiposity measured by magnetic resonance imaging. To evaluate whether the VAI could replace visceral computed tomography (CT) scanning and predict insulin resistance in young women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) was presented. Design and Methods One hundred and eighty Korean women aged 16-41 years who were diagnosed with PCOS using the Rotterdam criteria were included. The VAI was derived from a formula using body mass index, waist circumference, triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Visceral adiposity was defined as a visceral fat area (VFA) measuring > 100 cm2 by CT scanning. Insulin sensitivity was evaluated by insulin-mediated glucose utilization (M value), which was obtained using a euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp. Results The VAI positively correlated with VFA, the visceral-to-subcutaneous fat ratio, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and negatively correlated with the M value. In a linear regression analysis, the VAI was an independent determinant of the insulin sensitivity after controlling for age, systolic blood pressure, fasting glucose, fasting insulin, and testosterone levels. In a logistic regression analysis, the VAI odds ratio was 3.5 (95% CI 1.2-9.8) for predicting visceral adiposity after controlling for the various metabolic parameters and testosterone. Conclusion The VAI can replace visceral CT scanning as a marker for visceral adiposity, and it predicts insulin resistance in young women with PCOS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1690-1694
Number of pages5
JournalObesity
Volume21
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2013

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