Association between Macronutrients Intake, Visceral Obesity and Blood Pressure in a Sample of Obese Egyptian Women


  • Nayera E. Hassan Biological Anthropology Department, National Research Center, Cairo
  • Salwa M. El Shebini Nutrition and Food Science Department, National Research Centre, Cairo
  • Nihad H. Ahmed Nutrition and Food Science Department, National Research Center, Cairo
  • Mohamed Selim Mostafa 3Researches and Applications of Complementary Medicine Department, National Research Centre, Giza, Cairo,(Affiliation ID: 60014618)



Blood pressure, macronutrients, obesity, visceral obesity


AIM: Study the association between the total caloric intake, protein, lipid, and some classes of fatty acids of the diet, and their effects on blood pressure in a sample of Egyptian obese women with and without visceral obesity.

METHODS: Five hundred forty-nine obese women were included in the study with mean age of 38.1 ± 11.56 years and mean Body mass index [BMI] of 36.17 ± 7.23. They enrolled in a program for losing weight. Visceral fat was determined using ultrasound. Blood pressure was measured 3 times and the mean was recorded. Twenty four hours dietary recall was reported.

RESULTS: Thirty point four percentages of samples has visceral obesity ≥ 7cm; they were the older, showed higher values of BMI, visceral obesity and blood pressure. Significant difference was found between groups regarding mean value of BMI, visceral obesity, both systolic blood pressure SBP and diastolic blood pressure DBP and most of the daily macronutrients intake. In groups (2&3) positive significant correlation was recorded between (SBP) & (DBP) and total daily intake of total calories, carbohydrate, total fat, saturated fatty acids and cholesterol, and negative significant correlation with total daily intake of total protein, animal and vegetable protein, linolenic and linoleic fatty acids, while oleic fatty acid showed negative correlation with SBP&DBP in all groups.

CONCLUSION: This study emphasizes the hypothesis that the macronutrients composition of diet influences blood pressure in different ways, in obese patients with visceral obesity.


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Hassan NE, El Shebini SM, Ahmed NH, Mostafa MS. Association between Macronutrients Intake, Visceral Obesity and Blood Pressure in a Sample of Obese Egyptian Women. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2015 Feb. 26 [cited 2022 Aug. 15];3(1):184-8. Available from:



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