The importance of BMI in early prevention of cardiovascular risk in young adult Poles
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Department of Nursing Development, Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
Institute of Clinical Dietetics, Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
Department of Public Health, Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
Institute of Mathematics and Medical Biostatistics, Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
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Barbara Ślusarska   

Department of Nursing Development, Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Medical University, Lublin, Racławickie 1, 20-059 Lublin, Poland.
J Pre Clin Clin Res. 2012;6(1):35-41
The natural course of atherosclerotic processes in young adults and the common occurrence of risk factors in the Polish population necessitate the search for simple methods of assessing cardiovascular risk in the early stage of its development.

To determine the relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI) and the cardiovascular risk assessment in a group of young adults in the early stage of threat development.

Material and Methods:
Observational studies were conducted in a group of 1,593 participants – 1,012 females (63.5%) and 581 males (36.5%) between the ages of 19-35 years (average: 22.16; SD=2.81), studying at university colleges in Lublin. Data were collected between October 2008 – March 2009 and analyzed in 2009 and 2010. The studies included demographics, anthropometric and blood pressure measures, and laboratory tests of lipid levels in blood serum. Algorithm Framingham Risk Score (FRS) was used to assess the overall cardiovascular risk.

The average BMI value among respondents was 22.4 kg/m2 (SD = 3.46). The results of BMI correlation indicate highly significant positive correlation in the variables range: waist circumference (r = 0.7850, p <0.01); gender (r = 0.4783, p < 0.01); triglyceride level (r = 0.3422, p< 0.01), LDL level (r = 0.2432, p< 0.01), age (r = 0.1321, p< 0.05) and negative relation in the range of HDL level (r = -0.2618, < 0.01). BMI correlative value with FRS grading was statistically significant (r = 0.2757, p < 0.01).

Significant correlations between BMI and variables, and FRS, confirm its importance as an early cardiovascular risk marker.

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