Justo Sierra-Johnson

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BACKGROUND Body mass index (BMI) is the most widely used measure to diagnose obesity. However, the accuracy of BMI in detecting excess body adiposity in the adult general population is largely unknown. METHODS A cross-sectional design of 13 601 subjects (age 20-79.9 years; 49% men) from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.(More)
AIMS We hypothesized that subjects with a normal body mass index (BMI), but high body fat (BF) content [normal weight obesity (NWO)], have a higher prevalence of cardiometabolic dysregulation and are at higher risk for cardiovascular (CV) mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS We analysed 6171 subjects >20 years of age from the Third National Health and Nutrition(More)
Fatty acid desaturases introduce double bonds into growing fatty acid chains. The key desaturases in humans are Δ5-desaturase (D5D), Δ6-desaturase (D6D) and stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD). Animal and human data implicate hepatic desaturase activities in insulin resistance, obesity and dyslipidaemia. However, the role of desaturase activity in adipose tissue(More)
BACKGROUND Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may predispose patients to congestive heart failure (CHF), suggesting a deleterious effect of OSA on myocardial contractility. METHODS A cross-sectional study of 85 subjects with suspected OSA who had undergone their first overnight polysomnogram, accompanied by an echocardiographic study. Patients were divided(More)
Recent studies have suggested that the apolipoprotein-B (apo-B)/apolipoprotein-AI (apo-AI) ratio predicts cardiovascular risk better than any of the cholesterol indexes. The aim of the present study was to assess if the apo-B/apo-AI ratio is related to the metabolic syndrome and its components. Data were analyzed from 2,964 subjects (mean age 48 years;(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, mild elevations in body mass index (BMI) have been related to better outcomes in patients with coronary heart disease. Our aim was to determine whether patients with coronary heart disease who are participating in cardiac rehabilitation would have improved outcomes if they lost weight and whether this would depend on initial BMI. (More)
BACKGROUND Leptin could be a key regulator of C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, which serve as a marker of systemic inflammation. Both leptin and CRP are predictors of cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, the interactions between leptin and CRP, and their association with CVD, remain unclear. We therefore studied them in a large, multiethnic population. (More)
Reports of relationships between measures of insulin sensitivity and measures of body fat and fat distribution suggest that abdominal fat accumulation is a predictor of insulin resistance. It has been previously suggested that facial fat (primarily in the cheeks and neck) is strongly associated with visceral abdominal fat accumulation. The facial fat is a(More)
Leptin, an adipose tissue-derived hormone, has been linked to cardiovascular outcomes; however, data are limited in the United States population, especially women. To assess the association between leptin concentrations and history of myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke independently of traditional cardiovascular risk factors, we analyzed data from 6,239(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, the apoB/apoAI ratio has been associated with the metabolic syndrome; however, is unclear if its association with insulin resistance is mediated through traditional risk factors or if it adds an independent risk by itself. The aim of this study was to assess the independent association between apoB/apoAI ratio and insulin resistance in(More)