Neck Circumference as Useful Marker of Obesity and Its Correlation with Triglyceride Levels
Sari, Mutiara Indah
Tala, Zaimah Z.
Sari, Dewi Indah
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Hypertriglyceridemia is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Obesity often has a correlation with hypertriglyceridemia. Neck circumference (NC) is an anthropometric method of measuring upper body obesity. It is easy to use , innovative and time-saving. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between NC and body mass index (BMI) as an useful marker of obesity and its correlation with triglyceride levels. The study was an analyticalcross-sectional study. The subjects were 139 students of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sumatera Utara, with inclusion and exclusion criteria. Height was measured with a microtoise, weight was measured with digital scales and NC was measured using a tape measure ONEMED. Triglyceride levels were measured using the cobas 600, series 501. Analysis of data was done using SPSS software. In the study of 139 subjects,the BMI, NC and triglyceride levels were 26.25 kg/m2, 35.04 cm, 81.74 mg/dl. Pearson's correlation coefficients indicated a significant association between NC and BMI r= 0.576; p=0.000, and NC with blood triglyceride r = 0.390; p=0.000. This study shows NC measurements can be used as identification of obesity and have correlation with triglyceride levels.