Appropriate cut-off BMI Value for Screening Metabolic Syndrome in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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Chantarat Suratanakavikul
Nathpong Israngura Na Ayudhya
Sawaek Weerakiet


Objectives: To determine the appropriate cut-off BMI value for screening the metabolic syndrome in polycystic ovary syndrome.

Study design: Retrospective diagnostic test

Subjects: Women with polycystic ovary syndrome who attended the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University during Jan 2002 to Feb 2007.

Methods: Data of 190 PCOS women were analyzed. According to the protocol of the Division all women had anthropometric examined and had a 75-g oral glucose tolerance test performed. Also, Blood samples for fasting triglyceride and HDL were obtained. The metabolic syndrome (MS) was diagnosed by the AHA/NHLBI criteria.

Result: Mean age, BMI and WHR were 28.7 ± 5.9 years, 26.2 ± 6.5 kg/m2 and 0.84 ± 0.07, respectively. Prevalence of MS was 28.4%. At the BMI cut-off value of 20 and 23 sensitivity and specificity was 100% both, and 26.47% and 55.51%, respectively. At the higher BMI cut-off value of 27 and 30, sensitivity and specificity of 94.44% and 83.33%, and 78.68% and 90.44%, respectively. At The BMI cut-off value of 25 has sensitivity and specificity of 98.15% and 73.53%, respectively. At this level, 101 (53.15%) women could be eliminated from the metabolic examination and only 89 out of 190 (46.84%) women would be examined. However, at this level, 1 (1.85%) women could be missed in the diagnosis of MS.

Conclusions: The appropriate body mass index cut-off value for screening metabolic syndrome in polycystic ovary syndrome is 25

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Suratanakavikul, C., Israngura Na Ayudhya, N., & Weerakiet, S. (2011). Appropriate cut-off BMI Value for Screening Metabolic Syndrome in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Ramathibodi Medical Journal, 34(1), 39–44. Retrieved from
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