#Waist Circumference Change is Associated with Blood #pressure Change Independent of BMI Change

This study aimed to understand how an increase in abdominal adiposity relative to overall adiposity is associated with blood pressure (BP) change..

..Each 10‐cm annual WC gain in men and women was associated with a 0.98‐mm Hg (95% CI: 0.61‐1.35) and a 0.97‐mm Hg (95% CI: 0.62‐1.32) annual increase in systolic blood pressure and a 1.13‐mm Hg (95% CI: 0.87‐1.38) and a 0.74‐mm Hg (95% CI: 0.51‐0.97) annual increase in diastolic blood pressure, respectively, independent of annual BMI change.

WC gain may elevate BP even in the absence of BMI gain. BP management that addresses only BMI gain could overlook individuals at risk of elevated BP who have increased WC but not BMI.