An exploratory analysis of the relationship between cardiometabolic risk factors and cognitive/academic performance among adolescents

Ting Kuang Yeh, Ying Chun Cho, Ting Chi Yeh, Chung Yi Hu, Li Ching Lee, Chun Yen Chang

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This exploratory study examines the relationship between cardiometabolic risk factors (blood pressure, waist circumference, BMI, and total cholesterol) and cognitive/academic performance. In this study, 1297 Taiwanese tenth-grade volunteers are recruited. Scores from the Basic Competency Test, an annual national competitive entrance examination, are used to evaluate academic performance. Cognitive abilities are accessed via the Multiple Aptitude Test Battery. The results indicate that systolic blood pressure is significantly, negatively associated with academic performance, both in male and female subjects. BMI and waist circumference are associated with verbal reasoning performance with an inverse U-shaped pattern, suggesting that both low and high BMI/waist circumference may be associated with lower verbal reasoning performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number520619
JournalBioMed Research International
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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