Age- and sex-specific reference intervals for visceral fat mass in adults.


Lancaster Medical School, Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. [Email]


Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is becoming a method of choice for the assessment of visceral adipose tissue (VAT) but the lack of robust reference ranges presents a challenge to the interpretation of VAT in clinical practice, research settings, and the athletic environment. The objective of this study was to develop age- and sex-specific reference intervals for DXA-derived VAT mass.