King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia
Title: Waist cut-off values to predict diabetes mellitus type 2 and hypertension risk in Arab adults
Naji Aljohani, MD, ABIM, FRCP, is an endocrinologist consultant and assistant professor at the Specialized Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Faculty of Medicine in King Fahad Medical City, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is also a board member of the Prince Mutaib Chair for Biomarkers of Osteoporosis in King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Director of Diabetes Prevention in the Saudi Diabetes Association. He obtained his fellowship at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada and thyroid fellowship at University of Toronto, Canada. He has authored/co-authored several peer-reviewed papers and has been an invited speaker in both national and international conferences in the fields of endocrinology, obesity and vitamin D.
Obesity is considered a major risk factor for diabetes mellitus (DM) and hypertension. Identifying people at highest risk through ethnically appropriate waist circumference (WC) cut-off points was the main target of this study.