Research Paper Title

Association between Body Mass Index and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in East Asians and South Asians: Pooled Analysis of Prospective Data from the Asia Cohort Consortium.

Study Question

Is body mass index  (BMI) associated with death from overall cardiovascular disease (CVD)  and specific subtypes of CVD in East and South Asians?

Summary Answer

BMI shows a U shaped association with death from overall CVD among East Asians, but is a weak risk factor for cardiovascular death in South Asians.

What is Known and What This Paper Adds

Higher BMI has been shown to be associated with increased risk of death in East Asians but not among South Asians. In East Asians, higher BMI is a risk factor for death form overall CVD, coronary heart disease, ischaemic stroke, and haemorrhagic stroke in East Asians, and very low BMI is associated with increased CVD mortality; in South Asians, higher BMI is a weak risk factor for CVD mortality.


BMJ 2013;347:f5446.


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