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Association between Sasang Constitutions and Body Composition in African-American, Asian, and Caucasian Race Groups

  • Journal of Sasang Constitutional Medicine
  • Abbr : J Sasang Constitut Med
  • 2003, 15(2), pp.124-128
  • Publisher : The Society Of Sasang Constitutional Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine
  • Received : August 31, 2003
  • Accepted : August 31, 2003
  • Published : August 30, 2003

Mi-Yeon Song 1 Dympna Gallagher 2 Kim Jae Hee 2 Chi Sang Eun 2

1경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실
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ABSTRACT

Background: Sasang Constitutional Medicine (SCM) is a component of Korean traditional medicine that classifies humans into four categories, according to their constitution (Taeyangin, Taeumin, Soyangin and Soeumin). We are unaware of previous assessments of SCM in non-Asian race groups. Objectives: To quantify body composition components in three race groups and to determine whether SCM has an independent effect on body composition components. Design: A cross-sectional evaluation of 76 adults (28 Caucasian, 21 African-American, 27 Asian). Body composition was estimated using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry. Results: SCM component had a significant effect on weight, fat, and lean mass regardless of race group (p <0.001).

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