Higher Rates of Metabolic Abnormality but Normal Weight in Minority Patients

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The percentage of Americans with normal body weight but cardiometabolic abnormalities is higher in racial/ethnic minority groups—especially South Asians and Hispanics, reports a study in Annals of Internal Medicine.

The researchers determined the prevalence of the metabolic abnormality but normal weight (MAN) phenotype and associated factors in five US racial/ethnic groups. Data on 2622 white, 803 Chinese American, 1893 African American, and 1496 Hispanic adults were drawn from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis; information on 803 South Asian subjects came from the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America study. The MAN phenotype was defined as