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Comparison of the energetic expense of patients with metabolic syndrome obtained by the methods of indirect calorimetry and the formulas of Harris & Benedict (1919), FAO / WHO (1985), DRI'S (2001) and Horie et al (2011)

Grant number: 11/11310-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2011
Effective date (End): July 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Nutrition - Nutritional Analysis of Population
Principal researcher:Rosa Ferreira dos Santos
Grantee:Bruna de Vico Ribeiro
Home Institution: Faculdade de Medicina (FM). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a complex disorder represented by a set of cardiovascular risk factors related to central adiposity and resistance to insulin. A dietary counseling associated with lifestyle changes are considered first-choice therapies for the treatment of patients. For the dietary intervention, it is necessary to estimate the patient's basal and total metabolic rates. There are, however, differences in results between the available formulas in the literature. Thus, the objective of this paper is to compare the results of the estimation of resting metabolic rate obtained by the formulas of Harris & Benedict (1919), FAO / WHO (1985), DRI's (2001) and Horie et al (2011) with the results of indirect calorimetry, that is considered the gold standard, in order to establish which one best relates the energy expenditure in patients with MS, fundamental for planning appropriate weight loss. (AU)

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