Objective: To evaluate the association between electrical bioimpedance analysis (BIA) and visceral fat (VF) in adult and elderly patients. Subjects and methods: This was a cross-sectional study, with a sample of 191 subjects (52% women, 49% elderly) stratified by sex, age and body mass. Computerized tomography (VF area) and BIA (percentage of total body fat (%TBF-BIA), phase angle, reactance and resistance) data were generated. Statistical analysis was based on Pearson's Correlation Coefficient, Anova, Pearson's Chi-square, and ROC curves. Results: VF areas ≥ 130 cm2 were more prevalent among the elderly and among men. Adult females showed a stronger correlation bet ween GV and %TBF-BIA.The other groups showed similar results and statistically significant correlations. Correlations between GV and phase angle were weak and not statistically significant. ROC Curves analyzes showed the following %TBF-BIA, which identified excess VF: for male subjects: 21.5% (adults) and 24.25% (elderly); for female subjects: 35.05% (adults) and 38.45% (elderly) with sensitivity of 78.6%, 82.1%, 83.3%, and 66.7%, and specificity of 70.6%, 62.5%, 79.1%, and 69%, respectively. Conclusion: BIA was found to have satisfactory sensitivity and specificity to predict VF; however, other devices and other techniques should be investigated to improve VF prediction. © ABE&M todos os direitos reservados.
Eickemberg, M., de Oliveira, C. C., Roriz, A. K. C., Fontes, G. A. V., Mello, A. L., & Sampaio, L. R. (2013). Bioimpedância elétrica e gordura visceral: Uma comparação com a tomografia computadorizada em adultos e idosos. Arquivos Brasileiros de Endocrinologia e Metabologia, 57(1), 27–32. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0004-27302013000100004