Metabolomic correlates of central adiposity and earlier-life body mass index

W. Wulaningsih, P. Proitsi, A. Wong, D. Kuh, R. Hardy

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BMI is correlated with circulating metabolites, but few studies discuss other adiposity measures, and little is known about metabolomic correlates of BMI from early life. We investigated associations between different adiposity measures, BMI from childhood through adulthood, and metabolites quantified from serum using 1H NMR spectroscopy in 900 British men and women aged 60-64. We assessed BMI, waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), android-to-gynoid fat ratio (AGR), and BMI from childhood through adulthood. Linear regression with Bonferroni adjustment was performed to assess adiposity and metabolites. Of 233 metabolites, 168; 126; and 133 were associated with BMI, WHR, and AGR at age 60-64, respectively. Associations were strongest for HDL, particularly HDL particle size-e.g., there was 0.08 SD decrease in HDL diameter (95% CI: 0.07-0.10) with each unit increase in BMI. BMI-adjusted AGR or WHR were associated with 31 metabolites where there was no metabolome-wide association with BMI. We identified inverse associations between BMI at age 7 and glucose or glycoprotein at age 60-64 and relatively large LDL cholesteryl ester with postadolescent BMI gains. In summary, we identified metabolomic correlates of central adiposity and earlier-life BMI. These findings support opportunities to leverage metabolomics in early prevention of cardiovascular risk attributable to body fatness. © 2019 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Inc.. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1136-1143
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Lipid Research
Issue number6
Early online date18 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2019


  • Epidemiology
  • Lipids
  • Metabolomics, obesity
  • Nutrition


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