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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 11, Issue 3, July 2014 pp 341-343
Study of body composition, VO2max and blood pressure in young adults
Meena K Parekh1, Surekha Vaidya2, Usha Patil3, Savita Kittad4, Ankush Kadam5, V M Ruikar6
1, 6Assistant Professor, 2, 3Professor and HOD, 4Tutor, 5M.Sc. Student, Department of Physiology, Bharatividyapeeth Medical College Sangli, Maharashtra, INDIA.
Background: Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) is on rise in the developing countries. Also it is known that obesity and sedentary life style which are the two most important modifiable factors which top the list of etiological factors for CVD. So, the current study was taken up in young adults who can be targeted for the modifiable factors of CVD. Methods: Both 80 male and 80 female students were included in the study. Their body composition parameters like Body Mass Index (BMI), Fat Mass (FM), Fat Free Mass (FFM) were measured along with their cardiorespiratory fitness indicator (VO2max) and blood pressure measurements. Findings: The mean values for the body composition parameters in both the genders were near the normal range for their age. Also, the VO2max was good in males and average in females. The mean blood pressure values were also normal for their age. Interpretation: Majority of the subjects were of near normal body composition. So, the knowledge regarding importance of maintaining fitness and preventing fatness at this stage will be an important step towards sensitization towards lifestyle disorders.