Inflammation and race and gender differences in computerized tomography-measured adipose depots

Lydia E. Beasley, Annemarie Koster, Anne B. Newman, M. Kassim Javaid, Luigi Ferrucci, Stephen B. Kritchevsky, Lewis H. Kuller, Marco Pahor, Laura A. Schaap, Marjolein Visser, Susan M. Rubin, Bret H. Goodpaster, Tamara B. Harris

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A growing body of evidence has consistently shown a correlation between obesity and chronic subclinical inflammation. It is unclear whether the size of specific adipose depots is more closely associated with concentrations of inflammatory markers than overall adiposity. This study investigated the relationship between inflammatory markers and computerized tomography-derived abdominal visceral and subcutaneous fat and thigh ntermuscular and subcutaneous fat in older white and black adults. Data were from 2,651 black and white men and women aged 70-79 years participating in the Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) study. Inflammatory markers, interleukin-6 (IL-6), C-reactive protein (CRP), and tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a) were obtained from serum samples. Abdominal visceral and subcutaneous fat and thigh intermuscular and subcutaneous fat were quantified on computerized tomography images. Linear regression analysis was used to evaluate the cross-sectional relationship between specific adipose depots and inflammatory markers in four race/gender groups. As expected, blacks have less visceral fat than whites and women less visceral fat than men. However, abdominal visceral adiposity was most consistently associated with significantly higher IL-6 and CRP concentrations in all race/gender groups (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1062-1069
Number of pages8
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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