ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Original Article
Relationship between neck circumference, standard anthropometric measures and blood pressure values in Bosnian young adults
1 Department of Human Physiology, University of Sarajevo School of Medicine, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  
2 Clinic of Family Medicine, Bosanska Krupa Health Centre, Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia and Herzegovina  
Eurasian J Med ; : -
DOI: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2018.18197
Key Words: anthropometry, blood pressure, young adults, metabolic syndrome
Abstract

Objective: Association between neck circumference (NC) and components of metabolic syndrome in different countries and ethnic groups is still insufficiently investigated. The aim of the present study was to assess an impact of gender on NC values and to determine whether NC correlates with standard anthropometric measures and blood pressure values in Bosnian young adults.

 

Material and Methods: Study participants were recruited by the snowball method. NC, Body Mass Index (BMI), Waist circumference (WC), systolic blood pressure (SBP), and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) were measured by trained personnel. Differences between the means were assessed by a Student t-test. Coefficients of correlation were determined by Pearson’s test.

 

 

Results: In young men (n =49) value of NC was 37.71±1.79 cm, while in young women (n=62) value of NC was 32.23±1.83 cm (P<0.001). Significant positive correlation in both gender between NC and BMI (r= 0.70; P<0.001 in men and r= 0.53; P<0.001 in women), and between NC and WC (r= 0.48; P<0.001 in men and r= 0.38; P=0.01 in women) was found. Significant correlation of NC with SBP (r=0.08; P=0.57), and with DBP (r=0.20; P=0.17) in young men was not determined. Likewise, in young women significant correlation of NC with SBP (r=0.08; P=0.54), and with DBP (r=0.09; P=0.49) was not observed.

 

Conclusions: Results of the present study suggest possible use of NC measurement as a valid method of obesity assessment in young adults. Lack of an association between NC and blood pressure values requires additional investigation.

 

Cite this article as: Zaciragic A, Elezovic M, Avdagic N, et al. Relationship between neck circumference, standard anthropometric measures and blood pressure values in Bosnian young adults. Eurasian J Med 2018; DOI: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2018.18197

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