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Study of Korean Medicine’s Pathological Symptoms and Health-Related Quality of Life among Normal, Overweight, and Obese Groups from Multi-Center Case Report

  • Journal of Korean Medicine for Obesity Research
  • Abbr : J Korean Med Obes Res
  • 2013, 13(1), pp.10-16
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Medicine for Obesity Research
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine

JAECHUL LEE 1 동상옥 1 Siwoo Lee 1

1한국한의학연구원

ABSTRACT

Objectives: This work aimed to investigate differentiations of Korean medicine’s pathologicalsymptoms and SF-12 sub scales among normal, overweight and obese subjects from multi-centercase report. Methods: From 2009 to 2011 survey were carried out to 1,589 subjects who took treatment orwere hospitalized in 7 Korean medicine hospitals and 3 Korean medicine clinic. Survey includeKorean medicine’s pathological symptoms and SF-12. Whole survey were obtained from subjectswith interviewers. Obesity degree was divided into three groups by body mass index: Normalgroup is from 18.5 below 23, overweight from 23 below 25 and obese group is over 25. Chi-squaretest was performed to reveal differentiation response rate of pathologic symptoms among obesitygroups. ANOVA test was carried out for compare each group’s SF-12 sub scales. Results: Patients of overweight or obesity have more symptoms such as skin itching, swelling,weakness in lower legs, and feverish with swollen joints. Contrary, normal weight groupresponded symptoms of dry skin more than those of obese group. As a fatigue, obese group havemore fatigue feeling at afternoon and evening, compared to high frequency response of normalweight groups’ morning fatigue. Obese groups shows low physical scores of health related qualityof life, in contrast, high mental scores of that. Conclusions: This is first work of pathologic symptoms shown by obese groups. This wouldcontribute to standardization of Korean medicine’s pattern identification as suggestion ofclassification point for obese groups.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.