22 June 2017
Anthropometric measures are not accurate predictors of fat mass in ALS.
A new article on the Journal of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) shows how anthropometric measurements are not effective to measure fat mass in ALS patients.
The assessment of Fat Mass in Amyotrophic Latersal Sclerosis patients is important as metabolic abnormalities impact disease progression. Anthropometric measurements include body mass index (BMI) and body adiposity index (BAI) which are widely employed as indicators of fat mass (FM).
The aim of this study was to determine whether BMI and BAI are accurate predictors of Fat Mass in this kind of patients. The study took Air Displacement Plethysmography (ADP) as the reference method for measuring fat mass.
The findings of the study suggest that "using FM-ADP as the standard, BMI and BAI are not accurate measures of Fat Mass in ALS. Furthermore, longitudinal assessments indicate that changes in BMI and BAI do not consistently reflect true changes of FM in ALS".
The article details are the following:
- Title: "Anthropometric measures are not accurate predictors of fat mass in ALS"
- Authors: Ioannides ZA, Steyn FJ, Henderson RD, Mccombe PA, Ngo ST
- Published in: Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener. 2017 Apr 27:1-6
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