Waist-to-height ratio may be a usefulanthropometric predictor of metabolicsyndrome (MetS) in patients onmaintenance hemodialysis (HD), a newstudy suggests. 

Jacqueline Costa Teixeira Caramori,MD, PhD, and colleagues at the UniversidadeEstadual Paulista in São Paulo,Brazil, conducted a cross-sectionalstudy of 98 maintenance HD patients(mean age 57.8 years, 54% male). MetS was present in 74.5% of the cohort.Patients with MetS had increasedaccumulation of abdominal fat andgeneral obesity. Waist-to-height ratiowas the best independent predictor ofMetS, followed by waist circumferenceand body mass index, the researchersreported in Nutrition in Clinical Practice(published online ahead of print).