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Hair minerals and metabolic health in Belgian elementary school girls

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Literature has repeatedly shown a relationship between hair minerals and metabolic health, although studies in children are currently lacking. This study aims to investigate hair levels of calcium (Ca), copper (Cu), magnesium (Mg), iron (Fe), phosphorus (P), and zinc (Zn) and their association with (1) overweight/obesity and (2) metabolic health in Flemish elementary school girls between 5 and 10 years old. Two hundred eighteen girls participated in this study as part of the baseline ChiBS project. Children were subjected to physical examinations, blood and hair sampling. Hair minerals were quantitatively determined via inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry after microwave-assisted acid digestion. Body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage (BF%) were studied as anthropometric parameters, and a metabolic score (including systolic and diastolic blood pressure, insulin resistance and non-high-density lipoprotein (non-HDL) cholesterol as parameters) was calculated, with higher scores indicating a more unhealthy metabolic profile. Hair Ca, Ca/Mg, and Ca/P positively correlated with the anthropometric parameters. An inverse correlation was observed between Ca, Mg, and Ca/P in hair and the metabolic score. Inverse correlations were also observed for individual metabolic parameters (i.e., diastolic blood pressure, homeostasis model assessment for insulin resistance, non-HDL cholesterol). In particular, girls with a total number of three or more metabolic parameters above the age-specific 75th percentile showed significantly reduced hair Ca, Mg, and Ca/P concentrations. This study showed reduced hair mineral concentrations in young girls with a more unhealthy metabolic profile. Positive associations were observed between some minerals and BMI and BF%.
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Hair, Essential minerals, Body composition, Metabolic health, BODY-MASS INDEXES, INSULIN-RESISTANCE, OBESE CHILDREN, DIABETES-MELLITUS, NUTRITIONAL-STATUS, CHILDHOOD OBESITY, PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY, BLOOD-PRESSURE, FEMALE HAIR, MAGNESIUM

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VANAELST, BARBARA, Inge Huybrechts, Nathalie Michels, et al. “Hair Minerals and Metabolic Health in Belgian Elementary School Girls.” BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH 151.3 (2013): 335–343. Print.
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VANAELST, B., Huybrechts, I., Michels, N., Del Rosario Florez Garcia, M., Balcaen, L., Resano, M., Vanhaecke, F., et al. (2013). Hair minerals and metabolic health in Belgian elementary school girls. BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH, 151(3), 335–343.
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VANAELST, BARBARA, Inge Huybrechts, Nathalie Michels, Maria Del Rosario Florez Garcia, Lieve Balcaen, Martin Resano, Frank Vanhaecke, Karin Bammann, Silvia Bel-Serrat, and Stefaan De Henauw. 2013. “Hair Minerals and Metabolic Health in Belgian Elementary School Girls.” Biological Trace Element Research 151 (3): 335–343.
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VANAELST, BARBARA, Inge Huybrechts, Nathalie Michels, Maria Del Rosario Florez Garcia, Lieve Balcaen, Martin Resano, Frank Vanhaecke, Karin Bammann, Silvia Bel-Serrat, and Stefaan De Henauw. 2013. “Hair Minerals and Metabolic Health in Belgian Elementary School Girls.” Biological Trace Element Research 151 (3): 335–343.
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VANAELST B, Huybrechts I, Michels N, Del Rosario Florez Garcia M, Balcaen L, Resano M, et al. Hair minerals and metabolic health in Belgian elementary school girls. BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH. 2013;151(3):335–43.
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B. VANAELST et al., “Hair minerals and metabolic health in Belgian elementary school girls,” BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH, vol. 151, no. 3, pp. 335–343, 2013.
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  abstract     = {Literature has repeatedly shown a relationship between hair minerals and metabolic health, although studies in children are currently lacking. This study aims to investigate hair levels of calcium (Ca), copper (Cu), magnesium (Mg), iron (Fe), phosphorus (P), and zinc (Zn) and their association with (1) overweight/obesity and (2) metabolic health in Flemish elementary school girls between 5 and 10 years old. Two hundred eighteen girls participated in this study as part of the baseline ChiBS project. Children were subjected to physical examinations, blood and hair sampling. Hair minerals were quantitatively determined via inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry after microwave-assisted acid digestion. Body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage (BF%) were studied as anthropometric parameters, and a metabolic score (including systolic and diastolic blood pressure, insulin resistance and non-high-density lipoprotein (non-HDL) cholesterol as parameters) was calculated, with higher scores indicating a more unhealthy metabolic profile. Hair Ca, Ca/Mg, and Ca/P positively correlated with the anthropometric parameters. An inverse correlation was observed between Ca, Mg, and Ca/P in hair and the metabolic score. Inverse correlations were also observed for individual metabolic parameters (i.e., diastolic blood pressure, homeostasis model assessment for insulin resistance, non-HDL cholesterol). In particular, girls with a total number of three or more metabolic parameters above the age-specific 75th percentile showed significantly reduced hair Ca, Mg, and Ca/P concentrations. This study showed reduced hair mineral concentrations in young girls with a more unhealthy metabolic profile. Positive associations were observed between some minerals and BMI and BF%.},
  author       = {VANAELST, BARBARA and Huybrechts, Inge and Michels, Nathalie and Del Rosario Florez Garcia, Maria and Balcaen, Lieve and Resano, Martin and Vanhaecke, Frank and Bammann, Karin and Bel-Serrat, Silvia and De Henauw, Stefaan},
  issn         = {0163-4984},
  journal      = {BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH},
  keywords     = {Hair,Essential minerals,Body composition,Metabolic health,BODY-MASS INDEXES,INSULIN-RESISTANCE,OBESE CHILDREN,DIABETES-MELLITUS,NUTRITIONAL-STATUS,CHILDHOOD OBESITY,PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY,BLOOD-PRESSURE,FEMALE HAIR,MAGNESIUM},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {335--343},
  title        = {Hair minerals and metabolic health in Belgian elementary school girls},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12011-012-9573-8},
  volume       = {151},
  year         = {2013},
}

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