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Abstract #1526

Interethnic Differences in Abdominal Fat (Deep, Superficial and Visceral) Accumulation

Suresh Anand Sadananthan1, 2, Bhanu Prakash K.N. 3, Melvin K-S Leow1, 4, ChinMeng Khoo5, Kavita Venkataraman2, Eric Khoo Yin Hao5, Lee Yung Seng1, 6, Peter Gluckman1, Tai E Shyong1, 5, Sendhil S. Velan1, 7

1Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, A*STAR, Singapore; 2Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, National University of Singapore, Singapore; 3Singapore Bioimaging Consortium, A*STAR, Singapore; 4Department of Endocrinology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore; 5Department of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore; 6Department ot Pediatrics, National University of Singapore, Singapore; 7Clinical Imaging Research Centre, A*STAR-NUS, Singapore

The study of fat distribution is important to understand the pathophysiology of obesity-related disorders, diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases. Several studies have suggested that the fat distribution is different across different ethnic groups. In this study, we investigated the relationship between the abdominal fat depots, visceral adipose tissue (VAT), deep (DSAT) and superficial (SSAT) adipose tissues and BMI in Chinese, Malays and Indians living in Singapore.