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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine: 2010; 8(11): 1023-1028
DOI: 10.3736/jcim20101104
Logistic regression analysis on relationships between traditional Chinese medicine constitutional types and overweight or obesity
1. Yan-bo Zhu (School of Administration, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China )
2. Qi Wang (School of Preclinical Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China E-mail: wangqi710@126.com)
3. Cheng-yu Wu (School of Preclinical Medicine, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210029, Jiangsu Province, China )
4. Guo-ming Pang (Diabetes Department, Kaifeng No.1 Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kaifeng 475001, Henan Province, China )
5. Jian-xiong Zhao (Institute of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu Province, China )
6. Shi-lin Shen (Institute of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, Gansu Province, China )
7. Zhong-yuan Xia (Surgery Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing 100029, China )
8. Xue Yan (School of Preclinical Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100029, China )

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% CI, 1.79-2.35) and obesity (OR, 4.34; 95% CI, 3.52-5.36) in phlegm-dampness type is significantly increased; the risk of obesity (OR, 1.60; 95% CI, 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: Phlegm-dampness type and qi-deficiency type are the main constitutional risk factors of overweight or obesity.

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Zhu YB, Wang Q, Wu CY, Pang GM, Zhao JX, Shen SL, Xia ZY, Yan X. Logistic regression analysis on relationships between traditional Chinese medicine constitutional types and overweight or obesity. J Chin Integr Med / Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao. 2010; 8(11): 1023-1028.
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