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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2010, Vol. 8 ›› Issue (11): 1023-1035.doi: 10.3736/jcim20101104

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Logistic regression analysis on relationships between traditional Chinese medicine constitutional types and overweight or obesity

Yan-bo Zhua,Qi Wangb,Cheng-yu Wuc,Guo-ming Pangd, Jian-xiong ZhaoeShi-lin Shene,Zhong-yuan Xiaf,Xue Yan b   

  1. a School of Administration, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
    b School of Preclinical Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China
    c School of Preclinical Medicine, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210029, Jiangsu Province, China
    d Diabetes Department, Kaifeng No. 1 Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kaifeng 475001, Henan Province, China
    e Institute of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu Province, China
    f Surgery Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing 100029, China
  • Received:2010-04-22 Accepted:2010-06-02 Online:2010-11-20 Published:2010-11-15
  • Contact: Qi Wang E-mail:wangqi710@126.com

Objective

To explore the relationships between traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) constitutional types and overweight or obesity so as to provide evidence for adjusting constitutional bias and preventing and treating obesity.

Methods

The data comes from a cross-sectional survey on TCM constitution of 18 805 samples aged above 18 in Beijing and 8 provinces (Jiangsu, Anhui, Gansu, Qinghai, Fujian, Jilin, Jiangxi and Henan) in China. The survey of TCM constitution was performed by standardized constitution in Chinese medicine questionnaire (CCMQ). Discriminatory analysis method was used to judge the individual’s constitutional type (gentleness type, qi-deficiency type, yang-deficiency type, yin-deficiency type, phlegm-dampness type, dampness-heat type, blood-stasis type, qi-depression type and special diathesis type). The relationships between TCM constitution types and overweight or obesity was investigated by logistic regression analysis.

Results

Compared with gentleness type, the risk of overweight (OR, 2. 05; 95% Cl, 1. 79 — 2. 35) and obesity (OR, 4.34; 95% Cl, 3.52 — 5.36) in phlegm-dampness type is significantly increased; the risk of obesity (OR, 1.60; 95% Cl, 1.30 — 1.98) in qi-deficiency type is significantly higher; the risk of overweight and obesity in yang-deficiency type, blood-stasis type, and qi-depression type is significantly lower.

Conclusion

hlegm-dampness type and qi-deficiency type are the main constitutional risk factors of overweight or obesity.

Key words: Physical constitution theory, Constitution in Chinese medicine questionnaire, Overweight, obesity, Regression analysis

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