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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 13 (2006), Issue 2, Pages 79-82
Original Articles

Vital Capacity and Selected Metabolic Diseases in Middle-Aged Japanese Men

Hidenari Sakuta,1 Takashi Suzuki,2 Hiroko Yyasuda,1 and Teizo Ito1

1Department of Internal Medicine, Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
2Department of Research and Laboratory, Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital, Tokyo, Japan

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OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the association between vital capacity and the presence of selected metabolic diseases in middle-aged Japanese men.

METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of the associations among forced vital capacity (FVC), static vital capacity as a percentage of that predicted (%VC) and the presence of metabolic diseases was performed.

RESULTS: In a univariate linear regression analysis, FVC and %VC were inversely associated with poor vegetable intake, cigarette smoking and body mass index, but not with physical activity or ethanol consumption. In a logistic regression analysis adjusted for lifestyle factors, body mass index and age, the odds ratios for the presence of metabolic disease per 0.54 L (1 SD) decrease in FVC were 1.24 (95% CI 1.03 to 1.50) for type II diabetes, 1.21 (95% CI 1.02 to 1.42) for hypertension, 1.34 (95% CI 1.11 to 1.63) for hypertriglyceridemia, 1.23 (95% CI 1.03 to 1.46) for high gamma-glutamyl transferase levels and 1.63 (95% CI 1.10 to 2.41) for an episode of cardiovascular disease. FVC did not correlate with hyperhomocysteinemia, hypercholesterolemia or high white blood cell count. Similar results were also obtained for the association between %VC and metabolic diseases.

CONCLUSIONS: A decrease in FVC or %VC was associated with the presence of some metabolic diseases. The association may partly explain the reported association between low FVC and cardiovascular disease.