Francesca Corzato

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INTRODUCTION Interest has recently focused on epicardial fat, but little is known about epicardial adipocyte size and its relation with insulin resistance and adipokines. METHODS Biopsies were collected from subcutaneous, epicardial-, and peritoneal fat from 21 males undergoing elective cardiac surgery either for coronary artery bypass grafting (n=11) or(More)
Deposition of fat between skeletal muscle bundles and beneath the muscle fascia, recently called intermuscular adipose tissue (IMAT), is gaining attention as potential contributor to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, muscle function impairment, and disability. The aim of this study was to compare IMAT as measured at the erector spinae level by(More)
CONTEXT Fat may accumulate around the heart in epicardial adipose tissue or inside the heart as lipid droplets (LDs). OBJECTIVE To compare myocardial steatosis between subjects with and without coronary artery disease (CAD and non-CAD) and to identify which cells contain LDs. DESIGN Body mass index, waist circumference, glucose, insulin, homeostasis(More)
In recent years, evidence has emerged indicating that insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus type 2 are associated with inflammation of adipose tissue (AT). Interest has been focused on epicardial AT (EAT) because of its possible involvement with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. The aim of this study was to characterize adipocyte size and(More)
The mechanisms impairing muscle quality and leading to myofibrosis (MF) and myosteatosis (MS) are incompletely known. In biopsies of paraspinous muscle (PM) of 16 elderly men undergoing elective vertebral surgery, we histologically determined the area of MF and MS expressed as muscle quality index (MQI), in order to investigate the relation between them, as(More)
BACKGROUNDS AND AIMS We assessed the associations between pancreatic fat accumulation and other fat compartments, including liver fat and visceral adipose tissue as well as insulin resistance and other metabolic abnormalities in obese individuals. SUBJECTS AND METHODS We studied 42 Caucasian adults with obesity [20 men and 22 women; mean body mass index(More)
Skeletal muscle abnormalities and loss are frequently present in patients with mild or moderate cardiac heart failure (CHF) and may contribute to fatigue and dyspnea. These muscle abnormalities may be associated with age related body composition changes, such as sarcopenia. Muscle damage has also been observed in subjects with cardiac cahexia, a serious CHF(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Obesity prevalence is noticeably growing, even in the elderly. Most of the studies concerning the impact of obesity in the elderly evaluated physical co-morbidities, whilst very few data are available on psychological co-morbidities in people ≥ 60 years of age. The present study aimed to compare anthropometrical measures, physical(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the association of obesity with comorbidity and with subjective health perception in a large sample representative of the Italian population and how the association differs by age and gender. METHODS Cross-sectional data were obtained from nine waves of the "Multipurpose Household Survey," conducted by the Italian National Institute of(More)
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