Variation of PEFR with height, weight and waist-hip ratio in medical students

  • Hasnain Abbas Dharamshi
  • Ahmad Faraz
  • Erum Ashraf
  • Syed Sajjad Alam
  • Amar Ali
  • Osama Shakeel
  • Syed Muhammad Ali Abidi
  • Shahraiz Shah Rizvi
  • Zehra Fatima
  • Hafiz Abdul Wase
  • Marvi Mahar
  • Farwa Fatima
  • Tahira Naqvi

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of our study was to assess the variation of PEFR with various medical students of Karachi, Pakistan

DESIGN: Cross-sectional study

Setting: Medical students of Karachi Medical and Dental College

Participants: 276 non-smoker healthy medical students composed of 168 females and 108 males.

VARIABLE PARAMETERS: They include mean age, body height and body weight and PEFR. They were marked separately for each gender

RESULTS: The mean waist hip ratio in females was observed to be 0.843±0.111in relation with that of mean PEFR value 452.97±65.84 L/min, whereas in males the mean waist hip ratio was 0.864±0.028 in relation with that of mean PEFR value 445.93±66.49 L/min. Also there is a statistically significant variation in PEFR with an increase in waist hip ratio. The mean height of males was 173.63 ±7.5 cm and weight was 61.81 ±11.25 Kg while mean height of females was 158.56±7.3 cm and weight was 49.33±9.04 Kg. PEFR is positively correlated with increase in height and weight up to a certain limit.

CONCLUSION: The study concludes that PEFR is affected positively by variation in waist hip ratio; moreover young females have more waist hip ratio and PEFR values than their young male counterparts. A large sample size with accurate peak flow meter is required along with ethnic consideration of the study population for better, accurate and clear results.

Published
Apr 20, 2015
How to Cite
DHARAMSHI, Hasnain Abbas et al. Variation of PEFR with height, weight and waist-hip ratio in medical students. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 8, apr. 2015. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1061>. Date accessed: 06 june 2020. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/1683.
Section
Primary Care

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