OBJECTIVE - This study evaluated associations of telomere length with various anthropometric indices of general and abdominal obesity, as well as weight change.
DESIGN AND METHODS - The study included 2,912 Chinese women aged 40-70 years. Monochrome multiplex quantitative polymerase chain reaction was applied to measure relative telomere length.
RESULTS - Telomere length was inversely associated with body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, waist-to-height ratio, weight, and hip circumference (Ptrend = 0.005, 0.004, 0.004, 0.010, and 0.026, respectively), but not waist-to-hip ratio (Ptrend = 0.116) or height (Ptrend = 0.675). Weight change since age 50 was further evaluated among women over age 55. Women who maintained their weight within ±5% since age 50, particularly within a normal range (BMI = 18.5-24.9 kg/m(2) ), or reduced their weight from overweight (BMI = 25-29.9 kg/m(2) ) or obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m(2) ) to normal range, had a longer mean of current telomere length than women who gained weight since age 50 (Ptrend = 0.025), particularly those who stayed in obesity or gained weight from normal range or overweight to obesity (P = 0.023).
CONCLUSION - Our findings show that telomere shortening is associated with obesity and that maintaining body weight within a normal range helps maintain telomere length.
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