Title

Alcohol Consumption and the Association between Adiposity and Cardiovascular Health

Date of Award

12-2013

Embargo Date

2014

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor(s)

Randall Jorgensen

Keywords

alcohol, arterial stiffness, cardiovascular health, central adiposity

Subject Categories

Psychiatry and Psychology

Abstract

Central adiposity and high levels of alcohol consumption have both been linked to greater cardiovascular risk. The moderating effect of alcohol consumption on the association of central adiposity and cardiovascular health was examined in a sample of 88 college-aged men, a population at known risk from alcohol use. Regression analyses did not reveal the expected central adiposity and alcohol consumption interaction in predicting cardiovascular risk and arterial stiffness, a subclinical marker of cardiovascular disease. Waist circumference was a significant predictor of systolic blood pressure, but sagittal abdominal height did not predict cardiovascular health. Alcohol consumption (total drinks and heavy episodic drinking) predicted arterial stiffness. Interventions aimed at lowering central adiposity and decreasing alcohol consumption may improve cardiovascular health outcomes for college males.

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