Childhood Infections Linked to Later Life Obesity and Impaired Vascular Function

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Markus Juonala, MD, PhD Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Parkville Victoria, Australia

Dr. Markus Juonala

Markus Juonala, MD, PhD
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Parkville
Victoria, Australia

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Dr. Juonala: This is an epidemiological follow-up study investigating whether childhood infections and socieconomic status are associated with cardiovasular risk factor and early chances in vasculature.

The main finding was that childhood infections were associated with obesity and impaired vascular function in adulthood among those individuals with low socioeconomic status.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Dr. Juonala: Childhood infections and socioeconomic circumstances in childhood may affect on later health.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Dr. Juonala:  It would be important to see whether the present findings can be replicated in other studies and whether these childhood exposures are associated with clinical cardiovascular disease.

MedicalResearch.com: Thank you for your contribution to the MedicalResearch.com community.

Citation:

Pediatrics May 2016
Childhood Infections, Socioeconomic Status, and Adult Cardiometabolic Risk
Richard S. Liu, David P. Burgner, Matthew A. Sabin, Costan G. Magnussen, Michael Cheung, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Mika Kähönen, Terho Lehtimäki, Eero Jokinen, Tomi Laitinen, Leena Taittonen, Terence Dwyer, Jorma S.A. Viikari, Mika Kivimäki, Olli T. Raitakari, Markus Juonala

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