Brurya Tal

Brurya Tal

Tel Aviv Medical Center, Israel

Title: Higher resting metabolic rate linked to systolic hypertension in obese subjects with the metabolic syndrome.


Brurya Tal currently specializes in nutrition research in human beings at the Institute of Endocrinology, Tel-Aviv Medical Center. Metabolic dietary research on abdominal obesity in humans is accompanied by metabolic syndrome: hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hyperuricemia and cardiovascular diseases. Research on the effect of drugs on weight, on metabolic parameters, endocrine parameters.


Multiple factors are involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension in obese individuals. Recent studies have reported a strong association between blood pressure (BP) and resting metabolic rate (RMR). However, it is not known whether this relationship exists for systolic BP (SBP) and diastolic BP (DBP) in obese subjects patients with the metabolic syndrome, in whom several homeostatic mechanisms are impaired.
To evaluate the relationship existing between RMR, to SBP and DBP, Fat Body Mass (FBM), Lean Body Mass (LBM), Body Mass Index (BMI), Blood parameters, in obese subjects with the metabolic syndrome.
Sixty three non-diabetic subjects (27 women, 36 men) who fulfilled the ATPIII criteria for the metabolic syndrome, with a mean age of 50.4±12.5yrs were evaluated. Mean BMI was 34.6±3.9 kg/m²; % FBM- 40.9±6.6 %; and LBM- 59±0.7%. Basel RMR was 1875.2±420.1 cal/day. Baseline assessment also included 24h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, clinical and biochemical profiling, subcutaneous periumbilical fat biopsy, region-defined body composition with DEXA and carotid intima-media thickness. The intervention targeted all assessed risk factors and was implemented through frequent interactions with dietitians, an endocrinologists, and physiotherapist expert for physical activity.
At the baseline assessment RMR was significantly related to mean 24h systolic blood pressure (r=0.3 p<0.05). There were significant inverse correlation between RMR to %FBM (r=0.45 ,p<0.05). RMR was also positively related to BMI (r=0.37 ,p<0.05) and fasting triglycerides (r=0.28 ,p<0.05).
This report extends and strengthens previous findings that RMR is independently related to SBP. Prior to this study, the relationship between RMR and SBP in metabolic obese subjects had not been explored. This study expanded the findings of Brock and colleagues by showing that REE was significantly related to SBP, independent of several possible confounders found in metabolic obesity.