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Associations of early life and sociodemographic factors with menarcheal age in European adolescents

Evelien Meulenijzer UGent, KRISHNA VYNCKE, Idoia Labayen, Aline Meirhaeghe, Laurent Béghin, Christina Breidenassel, Vanesa España-Romero, Yannis Manios, Marika Ferrari, Luis A Moreno, et al. (2015) EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS. 174(2). p.271-278
abstract
Early menarche has been associated with adult overweight, cardiovascular risk factors, and other diseases. Little is known about the determinants of menarcheal age (MA). Therefore, the main aim of this study was to examine the associations between early life programming factors and menarcheal age in European adolescents. Secondly, the influence of sociodemographical factors on menarcheal age was also studied. A total of 1,069 European girls from the HELENA cross-sectional study, aged 12.5-17.5 years, were included in this study. Using multilevel linear regression models, a possible association between birth weight and length, ponderal index at birth, gestational age, duration of exclusive breastfeeding, and menarcheal age was examined. Associations between geographical gradient, number of siblings, physical activity (PA), dietary factors, and menarcheal age were also examined. After adjustment, menarcheal age was positively associated with birth weight and length (p = 0.01 and p = 0.01). Conclusion: These findings confirm that birth weight and length may have a programming effect on menarcheal age. Next to this finding, sociodemographic factors were not associated with menarcheal age.
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Obesity, Menarche, Birth size, Gestational age, Breastfeeding, BIRTH, SIZE, RISK
journal title
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS
Eur. J. Pediatr.
volume
174
issue
2
pages
271 - 278
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000348212700017
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PEDIATRICS
JCR impact factor
1.791 (2015)
JCR rank
47/120 (2015)
JCR quartile
2 (2015)
ISSN
0340-6199
DOI
10.1007/s00431-014-2376-5
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English
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A1
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7030861
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-7030861
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2016-01-11 09:46:32
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  abstract     = {Early menarche has been associated with adult overweight, cardiovascular risk factors, and other diseases. Little is known about the determinants of menarcheal age (MA). Therefore, the main aim of this study was to examine the associations between early life programming factors and menarcheal age in European adolescents. Secondly, the influence of sociodemographical factors on menarcheal age was also studied. A total of 1,069 European girls from the HELENA cross-sectional study, aged 12.5-17.5 years, were included in this study. Using multilevel linear regression models, a possible association between birth weight and length, ponderal index at birth, gestational age, duration of exclusive breastfeeding, and menarcheal age was examined. Associations between geographical gradient, number of siblings, physical activity (PA), dietary factors, and menarcheal age were also examined. After adjustment, menarcheal age was positively associated with birth weight and length (p = 0.01 and p = 0.01). Conclusion: These findings confirm that birth weight and length may have a programming effect on menarcheal age. Next to this finding, sociodemographic factors were not associated with menarcheal age.},
  author       = {Meulenijzer, Evelien and VYNCKE, KRISHNA and Labayen, Idoia and Meirhaeghe, Aline and B{\'e}ghin, Laurent and Breidenassel, Christina and Espa{\~n}a-Romero, Vanesa and Manios, Yannis and Ferrari, Marika and Moreno, Luis A and Gottrand, Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric and De Henauw, Stefaan and Gonz{\'a}lez-Gross, Marcela and Kafatos, Anthony and Widhalm, Kurt and Moln{\'a}r, D{\'e}nes and Sj{\"o}str{\"o}m, Michael and Marcos, Ascensi{\'o}n and Androutsos, Odysseas and W{\"a}rnberg, Julia and Gilbert, Chantal C and Huybrechts, Inge},
  issn         = {0340-6199},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS},
  keyword      = {Obesity,Menarche,Birth size,Gestational age,Breastfeeding,BIRTH,SIZE,RISK},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {271--278},
  title        = {Associations of early life and sociodemographic factors with menarcheal age in European adolescents},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00431-014-2376-5},
  volume       = {174},
  year         = {2015},
}

Chicago
Meulenijzer, Evelien, Krishna Vyncke, Idoia Labayen, Aline Meirhaeghe, Laurent Béghin, Christina Breidenassel, Vanesa España-Romero, et al. 2015. “Associations of Early Life and Sociodemographic Factors with Menarcheal Age in European Adolescents.” European Journal of Pediatrics 174 (2): 271–278.
APA
Meulenijzer, E., Vyncke, K., Labayen, I., Meirhaeghe, A., Béghin, L., Breidenassel, C., España-Romero, V., et al. (2015). Associations of early life and sociodemographic factors with menarcheal age in European adolescents. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, 174(2), 271–278.
Vancouver
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Meulenijzer E, Vyncke K, Labayen I, Meirhaeghe A, Béghin L, Breidenassel C, et al. Associations of early life and sociodemographic factors with menarcheal age in European adolescents. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS. 2015;174(2):271–8.
MLA
Meulenijzer, Evelien, Krishna Vyncke, Idoia Labayen, et al. “Associations of Early Life and Sociodemographic Factors with Menarcheal Age in European Adolescents.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS 174.2 (2015): 271–278. Print.