Influence of blood pressure and body mass index on retinal vascular caliber in preschool-aged children.

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We assessed the associations between body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure (BP) with the retinal microvasculature among preschool-aged children. Three hundred and seventy-nine children aged 3-<6 years old had gradable retinal photographs, and quantifiable retinal vascular caliber using validated computer-based methods. Weight, height, BMI, waist circumference and BP were obtained using standardized protocols. Mean (±s.d.) BMI and systolic BP in preschool-aged children were 16.0 (±1.8) kg m(-2) and 93.2 (±9.9) mm Hg, respectively. After multivariable adjustment, each kg m(-2) increase in BMI was associated with a 1.06 μm narrowing of retinal arteriolar caliber (P=0.01) and 1.12 μm widening of retinal venular caliber (P=0.02). Children in the 95th percentile (obese) compared with those in the <85th percentile (healthy weight) had narrower retinal arteriolar caliber (∼6.1 μm, Ptrend=0.01) and wider retinal venular caliber (∼6.4 μm, Ptrend=0.01). Each 10 mm Hg increase in systolic BP was associated with a 1.70 μm narrower retinal arteriolar caliber (multivariable-adjusted P=0.02). We show that BMI and systolic BP have inverse linear associations with retinal arteriolar caliber, and BMI has a positive linear association with retinal venular caliber during early childhood. These findings suggests that the influence of BP and BMI on small vessels are continuous and commence early in life.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gopinath, B; Wang, JJ; Kifley, A; Tan, AG; Wong, TY; Mitchell, P

Published Date

  • September 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 523 - 528

PubMed ID

  • 23448844

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-5527

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/jhh.2013.15


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England