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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Correlation of PEFR with BMI in men of age Group 25-40 Years at RIMS, Raichur

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Author Details: Ayesha Anjum, Vijay Krishnan K, Praveen Patil

Volume : 3

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 106

Article End Page : 107


Background: Obesity has emerged as a major health problem in past few decades, in developing countries like India. It is found to affect the lung functions significantly. This study was designed to study the correlation of PEFR with BMI.
Methods: Sixty male volunteers were analyzed in the study. They were classified into obese (BMI> or =30) and non-obese (BMI<30). Subjects were grouped into two groups, age 25-32 years in one group and age 33-45years in another group. PEFR was measured using Wrights Mini peak flow meter. Data was analyzed using unpaired t test.
Results: There was no significant difference in PEFR values, with respect to BMI, in young age group. However it was found that, PEFR was inversely related to BMI, as age advances.
Conclusion: This study concludes that PEFR is inversely related to BMI as age increases, and obesity is an important risk factor for reduced airflow or lung functions.

Key words:
PEFR, Obesity, Lung functions