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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3521649, 11 pages
Research Article

Associations of Diabetes and Obesity with Risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm in Men

1Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
2Division of Aging, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
3Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center and Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA
4Department of Epidemiology, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indianapolis, IN, USA
5Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Division of Cardiology, Tokyo Medical University Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
6Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Lu Wang

Received 1 November 2016; Accepted 29 January 2017; Published 23 February 2017

Academic Editor: Chris I. Ardern

Copyright © 2017 Lu Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. The associations of diabetes and obesity with the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) are inconclusive in previous studies. Subjects/Methods. We conducted prospective analysis in the Physicians’ Health Study. Among 25,554 male physicians aged ≥ 50 years who reported no AAA at baseline, 471 reported a newly diagnosed AAA during a mean of 10.4 years’ follow-up. Results. Compared with men who had baseline body mass index (BMI) < 25 kg/m2, the multivariable hazard ratio (HR [95% CI]) of newly diagnosed AAA was 1.30 [1.06–1.59] for BMI 25–<30 kg/m2 and 1.69 [1.24–2.30] for BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2. The risk of diagnosed AAA was significantly higher by 6% with each unit increase in baseline BMI. This association was consistent regardless of the other known AAA risk factors and preexisting vascular diseases. Overall, baseline history of diabetes tended to be associated with a lower risk of diagnosed AAA (HR = 0.79 [0.57–1.11]); this association appeared to vary by follow-up time (HR = 1.56 and 0.63 during ≤ and >2 years’ follow-up, resp.). Conclusion. In a large cohort of middle-aged and older men, obesity was associated with a higher risk, while history of diabetes tended to associate with a lower risk of diagnosed AAA, particularly over longer follow-up.