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Healthy Lifestyle and Leukocyte Telomere Length in US Women

Author:
  • Qi Sun
  • Ling Shi
  • Jennifer Prescott
  • Stephanie E. Chiuve
  • Frank B. Hu
  • Immaculata De Vivo
  • Meir J. Stampfer
  • Paul Franks
  • Joann E. Manson
  • Kathryn M. Rexrode
Publishing year: 2012
Language: English
Publication/Series: PLoS ONE
Volume: 7
Issue: 5
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Public Library of Science

Abstract english

Context: Whether a healthy lifestyle may be associated with longer telomere length is largely unknown. Objectives: To examine healthy lifestyle practices, which are primary prevention measures against major age-related chronic diseases, in relation to leukocyte telomere length. Design and Setting: Cross-sectional analysis in the Nurses' Health Study (NHS). Participants: The population consisted of 5,862 women who participated in multiple prospective case-control studies within the NHS cohort. Z scores of leukocyte telomere length were derived within each case-control study. Based on prior work, we defined low-risk or healthy categories for five major modifiable factors assessed in 1988 or 1990: non-current smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight (body mass index in 18.5-24.9 kg/m(2)), engaging in regular moderate or vigorous physical activities (>= 150 minutes/week), drinking alcohol in moderation (1 drink/week to,2 drinks/day), and eating a healthy diet (Alternate Healthy Eating Index score in top 50%). We calculated difference (%) of the z scores contrasting low-risk groups with reference groups to evaluate the association of interest. Results: Although none of the individual low-risk factors was significantly associated with larger leukocyte telomere length z scores, we observed a significant, positive relationship between the number of low-risk factors and the z scores. In comparison with women who had zero low-risk factors (1.9% of the total population) and were, therefore, considered the least healthy group, the leukocyte telomere length z scores were 16.4%, 22.1%, 28.7%, 22.6%, and 31.2% (P for trend = 0.015) higher for women who had 1 to 5 low-risk factors, respectively. Conclusions: Adherence to a healthy lifestyle, defined by major modifiable risk factors, was associated with longer telomere length in leukocytes.

Keywords

  • Endocrinology and Diabetes

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Published
  • Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 1932-6203
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