ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Original Article
Relationship between the Neck Circumference, Standard Anthropometric Measures, and Blood Pressure 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: The association between the neck circumference (NC) and components of metabolic syndrome in different countries and ethnic groups has been insufficiently investigated. The aim of the present study was to assess the impact of gender on NC values and to determine whether NC correlates with standard anthropometric measures and blood pressure values in Bosnian young adults.

 

Materials and Methods: Study participants were recruited by the snowball method. The 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’s t-test. Coefficients of correlation were determined by Pearson’s test.

 

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

 

Conclusion: Our results suggest that the NC measurement can be used as a valid method in obesity assessment in young adults. A lack of association between the NC and blood pressure requires additional investigation.

 

Cite this article as: Zaciragic A, Elezovic M, Avdagic N, et al. Relationship between the Neck Circumference, Standard Anthropometric Measures, and Blood Pressure in Bosnian Young Adults. Eurasian J Med 2018; 50: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2018.18197.

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