Neck Circumference as a Simple Tool for Assessing Central Obesity in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Greece – A Descriptive Study


  • Athanasia Papazafiropoulou, Konstantina Anagnostopoulou, Konstantina Petropoulou, Andreas Melidonis Diabetes Centre, First Department of Internal Medicine, Tzaneio Hospital of Piraeus, Piraeus, Greece
  • Nikolaos Papanas Diabetes Centre, Second Department of Internal Medicine, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece


T2DM, Neck circumference, epidemiological studies


Neck circumference (NC) is a marker of up- per-body subcutaneous adipose tissue, and may represent additional metabolic risk factors independent of central adiposity [1]. It has so far been associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), insulin resistance, and the metabolic syndrome (MS) [1]. However, epidemiological studies on the clinical significance of NC in subjects with T2DM are lacking. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to determine whether NC alone can be used for easy determination of overweight and central obesity in patients with T2DM.