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Infant and childhood growth and frailty in old age: the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study

Infant and childhood growth and frailty in old age: the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study
Infant and childhood growth and frailty in old age: the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study
Background

Evidence from life course studies highlights the importance of infant and childhood growth as risk factors for adulthood chronic diseases.

Methods

In this sub-study of the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study, we studied 1078 individuals who had both information on body size from birth to 12 years of age and who were assessed for frailty according to the Fried criteria at the mean age of 71 years.

Results

Greater BMI gain between 2 and 11 years in boys was associated with frailty in old age (age-adjusted RRR 2.36, 95% CI 1.21, 4.63). No similar associations were observed in girls.

Conclusions

Men who were frail in old age experienced accelerated BMI gain in childhood compared with those men who were not frail. This was not observed in women, which suggests that the patterns of early growth predisposing to frailty may vary by sex.
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Haapanen, M.J.
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Perala, M.M.
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Salonen, M.K.
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Kajantie, E.
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Rantanen, T.
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Pohjolainen, P.
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Haapanen, M.J., Perala, M.M., Osmond, C., Salonen, M.K., Kajantie, E., Rantanen, T., Simonen, M., Pohjolainen, P., Eriksson, J.G. and von Bonsdorff, M.B. (2018) Infant and childhood growth and frailty in old age: the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 1-5. (doi:10.1007/s40520-018-1011-0).

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Abstract

Background

Evidence from life course studies highlights the importance of infant and childhood growth as risk factors for adulthood chronic diseases.

Methods

In this sub-study of the Helsinki Birth Cohort Study, we studied 1078 individuals who had both information on body size from birth to 12 years of age and who were assessed for frailty according to the Fried criteria at the mean age of 71 years.

Results

Greater BMI gain between 2 and 11 years in boys was associated with frailty in old age (age-adjusted RRR 2.36, 95% CI 1.21, 4.63). No similar associations were observed in girls.

Conclusions

Men who were frail in old age experienced accelerated BMI gain in childhood compared with those men who were not frail. This was not observed in women, which suggests that the patterns of early growth predisposing to frailty may vary by sex.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 July 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 24 July 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 422884
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/422884
ISSN: 1594-0667
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ORCID for C. Osmond: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9054-4655

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Date deposited: 07 Aug 2018 16:30
Last modified: 25 Jul 2019 04:01

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