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Helsinki Birth Cohort Study

The HBCS study is a longitudinal birth cohort study on subjects born 1934-44 in Helsinki, Finland. The epidemiological cohort consists of over 20 000 subjects. One of the primary aims of the HBCS is to study how fetal and childhood growth and the living conditions affect adult health status from a life course perspective. Particularly of interest is in cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors, such as type 2 diabetes and obesity, psychological outcomes and the aging process.