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Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira

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MUNARETTI, Deonilde Balduíno; BARBOSA, Aline Rodrigues; MARUCCI, Maria de Fátima Nunes  and  LEBRAO, Maria Lúcia. Self-rated hypertension and anthropometric indicators of body fat in elderly. Rev. Assoc. Med. Bras. [online]. 2011, vol.57, n.1, pp.25-30. ISSN 0104-4230.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-42302011000100011.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between self-rated hypertension (sf-H) and anthropometric indicators of body fat and abdominal fat, in elderly of São Paulo. METHODS: Data on 1894 elderly were obtained from the Survey on Aging, Health and Well-being (SABE), 2000. The anthropometric indicators used were: body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), waist/ hip ratio (WHR) and waist/height ratio (WHR). Binary logistic regression analysis, stratified by gender was used. RESULTS: In the final model (adjusted for age, education, smoking, physical activity and diabetes), for both genders BMI had a greater statistical strength, despite the fact that, in women, it is similar to other indicators. With the exception of WHR, in men, sf-H was positively and independently associated with other indicators. CONCLUSION: Results suggest the relevance of those indicators for an early detection of risks for the development of this disease as well as to intervene in its prevention and control.

Keywords : Blood pressure; anthropometry; waist circumference; waist-hip ratio; body mass index.

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