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|Plasma Ascorbic Acid Levels Inversely Related to Abdominal Obesity|
|Published Thursday, December 1, 2005|
England--The waist-to-hip ratio in more than 19,000 British men and
women was found to be inversely related to plasma ascorbic acid levels,
independent of body mass index (BMI) and only partially explained by
intake of ascorbic acid. In the prospective investigation, coordinated
by the University of Cambridge,
researchers compared plasma ascorbic acid levels with abdominal
obesity, and further examined ascorbic acid intake (through a seven-day
food diary) for more than 8,000 of the participants. They found the
waist-to-hip ratio was inversely related to plasma ascorbic acid
concentrations, independent of BMI, age, use of dietary supplements,
cigarette smoking and socioeconomic group. Waist and hip circumferences
also showed opposite associations with plasma ascorbic acid
concentrations. Dietary ascorbic acid intake only partly explained the
associations. The researchers concluded differences in diet, lifestyle
and oxidative stress in the body may impact fat distribution and plasma
ascorbic acid concentrations.
The study appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (82, 6:1203-9, 2005).
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