Sibylle Koletzko

Technische Universität München, München, Bavaria, Germany

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    ABSTRACT: Background: Epidemiological studies have identified associations between air pollution and green space access with type 2 diabetes in adults. However it remains unclear to what extent associations with greenness are attributable to air pollution exposure. Objectives: We aimed to investigate associations between long-term exposure to air pollution and satellite-derived greenness with insulin resistance in adolescents. Methods: 837 participants of two German birth cohorts (LISAplus and GINIplus) were included in the analysis. Generalized additive models were used to determine the association of individual satellite-derived greenness defined by the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), long-term air pollution exposure estimated by land-use regression (LUR) models with insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) in 15 year-old adolescents. Models were adjusted for study area, cohort, socioeconomic, and individual characteristics such as BMI, physical activity, and smoking. Results: 2-SD increases in nitrogen dioxide (NO2, 8.9 μg/m(3)) and particulate matter smaller than 10μm in diameter (PM10, 6.7 μg/m(3)) were significantly associated with 11.4% (95% CI: 4.4, 18.9) and 11.4% (95% CI: 0.4, 23.7) higher HOMA-IR. A 2-SD increase in NDVI in a 1000m buffer (0.2 units) was significantly associated with a lower HOMA-IR (-7.4% (95% CI: -13.3, -1.1)). Associations tended to be stronger in adolescents who spent more time outside and those with a lower socioeconomic status. In combined models including both air pollution and greenness, only NO2 remained significantly associated with HOMA-IR, while effect estimates for all other exposures attenuated after adjustment for NO2. Conclusions: NO2, often considered as a marker of traffic, was independently associated with insulin resistance. The observed association between higher greenness exposure and lower HOMA-IR in adolescents might thus be mainly due to the lower co-exposure to traffic-related air pollution.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Environmental Health Perspectives
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) recommended in 2008, based on observational data, to avoid both early (less than 4 months) and late (7 or more months) introduction of gluten and to introduce gluten while the infant is still being breastfed. New evidence prompted ESPGHAN to revise these recommendations. Objective: To provide updated recommendations regarding gluten introduction in infants and the risk of developing coeliac disease (CD) during childhood. Summary: The risk of inducing CD through a gluten-containing diet exclusively applies to persons carrying at least one of the CD risk alleles. Since genetic risk alleles are generally not known in an infant at the time of solid food introduction, the following recommendations apply to all infants, although they are derived from studying families with first-degree relatives with CD. Although breastfeeding should be promoted for its other well-established health benefits, neither any breastfeeding nor breastfeeding during gluten introduction has been shown to reduce the risk of CD. Gluten may be introduced into the infant's diet anytime between 4-12 completed months of age. In children at high risk for CD, earlier introduction of gluten (4 vs. 6 mo or 6 vs. 12 mo) is associated with earlier development of CD autoimmunity (defined as positive serology) and CD, but the cumulative incidence of each in later childhood is similar. Based on observational data pointing to the association between the amount of gluten intake and risk of CD, consumption of large quantities of gluten should be avoided during the first weeks after gluten introduction and during infancy. However, the optimal amounts of gluten to be introduced at weaning have not been established.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
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    ABSTRACT: Many pediatric disorders induce disease-associated malnutrition. A multicenter study coordinated by the authors was carried out involving 2567 children (aged 1 month to 18 years) hospitalized in 12 European countries and found a malnutrition prevalence ranging from 7 % to 25 %, depending on the criteria applied. The prevalence was higher in the first 2 years of life. Underweight increased the length of stay in hospital by 1 day with moderate malnutrition and by 3 days with severe malnutrition and adversely affected the quality of life. These results point to the importance of an early diagnosis and effective treatment of pediatric malnutrition. In this article the current recommendations on the diagnostic evaluation and enteral nutritional support are summarized.
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    ABSTRACT: Severe vitamin D deficiency is known to cause rickets, however epidemiological studies and RCTs did not reveal conclusive associations for other parameters of bone health. In our study, we aimed to investigate the association between serum levels of 25(OH) vitamin D and bone turnover markers in a population-based sample of children. 25(OH)D, calcium (Ca), osteocalcin (OC), and β-Crosslaps (β-CTx) were measured in 2798 ten-year-old children from the German birth cohorts GINIplus and LISAplus. Linear regression was used to determine the association between bone turnover markers and 25(OH)D levels. 25(OH)D, OC, and β-CTx showed a clear seasonal variation. A 10 nmol/l increase in 25(OH)D was significantly associated with a 10.5 ng/l decrease (p < 0.001) in β-CTx after adjustment for design, sex, fasting status, time of blood drawn, BMI, growth rate, and detectable testosterone/estradiol. For OC alone no significant association with 25(OH)D was observed, whereas the β-CTx-to-OC ratio was inversely associated with 25(OH)D (-1.7% change, p < 0.001). When stratifying the analyses by serum calcium levels, associations were stronger in children with Ca levels below the median. This study in school-aged children showed a seasonal variation of 25(OH)D and the bone turnover markers OC and β-CTx. Furthermore a negative association between 25(OH)D and the bone resorption marker β-CTx was observed.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2015 · Scientific Reports
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    ABSTRACT: Performing well designed and ethical trials in pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is a priority to support optimal therapy and to reduce the unacceptable long lag between adult and pediatric drug approval. Recently, clinical trials in children have been incorporating placebo arms into their protocols under conditions that created controversy. Therefore, four organizations (ESPGHAN, ECCO, the Canadian Children IBD Network and the global pediatric IBD network (PIBDnet)) jointly provide a statement on the role of placebo in pediatric IBD trials. Consensus was achieved by 94/100 (94%) voting committees' members that placebo should only be used if there is genuine equipoise between the active treatment and placebo. For example, this may be considered in trials of drugs with new mechanisms of action without existing adult data, especially when proven effective alternatives do not exist outside the trial. Placebo may also be used in situations where it is an 'add-on" to an effective therapy or to evaluate exit-strategies of maintenance therapy after long-term deep remission. However, it has been agreed that no child enrolled in a trial should receive a known inferior treatment both within and outside the trial. This also includes withholding therapy in children who show clinical response after a short induction therapy. Given the similarity between pediatric and adult IBD in regards to pathophysiology and response to treatments, drugs generally cannot be considered being in genuine equipoise with placebo if it has proven efficacy in adults. Continued collaboration of all stakeholders is needed to facilitate drug development and evaluation in pediatric IBD.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2015 · Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
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    ABSTRACT: Background and aims: X-linked chronic granulomatous disease (X-CGD) due to hemizygous mutations in CYBB is characterized by invasive bacterial and fungal infections and granulomatous inflammation. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an additional or isolated manifestation. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT) is the standard curative treatment. X-CGD carriers are usually healthy but those with non-random X-chromosome inactivation (XCI) may develop infectious or autoinflammatory manifestations. Methods and results: We report on two female patients with severe treatment refractory Crohn-like IBD manifesting at age 23 and eight years, respectively. NADPH-oxidase activity testing and molecular genetics proved X-CGD carrier status with non-random XCI. As in CGD, histopathology from colonic biopsies disclosed pigment-laden macrophages and reduced CD68(+) macrophages. Following submyeloablative conditioning, the younger patient was treated with alloHSCT at age 20 years. She came into remission within three months after transplantation and shows complete mucosal healing after 16 months off all medications.We suggest that children and young adults with refractory IBD should obligatorily be tested for CGD. AlloHSCT should be considered as curative therapy in severely diseased female carriers of X-CGD with non-random XCI.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Journal of Crohn s and Colitis
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Data on the long-term impact of hydrolyzed formulas on allergies are scarce. Objective: To assess the association between early intervention with hydrolyzed formulas in high-risk children and allergic outcomes in adolescence. Methods: GINI trial participants (N=2252) received one of four formulas in the first four months of life as breastmilk substitute if necessary: partial or extensive whey hydrolyzate (pHF-W, eHF-W), extensive casein hydrolyzate (eHF-C) or standard cow's milk formula (CMF) as reference. Associations between these formulas and the cumulative incidence and prevalence of parent reported physician-diagnosed asthma, allergic rhinitis (AR) and eczema, as well as spirometric indices and sensitization, were examined using generalized linear models. Results: Between 11 and 15 years, the prevalence of asthma was reduced in the eHF-C group compared to CMF (odds ratio (OR) 0.49, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.26-0.89), which is consistent with the spirometric results. The cumulative incidence of AR was lower in eHF-C (Risk Ratio (RR) 0.77, 95% CI 0.59-0.99]) and the AR prevalence in pHF-W (OR 0.67, 95% CI 0.47-0.95) and eHF-C (OR 0.59, 95% CI 0.41-0.84). The cumulative incidence of eczema was reduced in pHF-W (RR 0.75, 95% CI 0.59-0.96) and eHF-C (RR 0.60, 95% CI 0.46-0.77), as was the eczema prevalence between 11 and 15 years in eHF-C (OR 0.42, 95% CI 0.23-0.79). No significant effects were found in the eHF-W group or for sensitization. Conclusion: In high-risk children, early intervention using different hydrolyzed formulas has variable preventative effects on asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema up to adolescence. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Allergy
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Untreated celiac disease is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Until now, no up-to-date figures have been available on the prevalence of celiac disease among children and adolescents in Germany, or on the percentage of undiagnosed cases. Methods: To estimate the prevalence of celiac disease, serum samples obtained from 2003 to 2006 from participants in the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS) were studied for celiac disease-specific autoantibodies and total IgA. Results: Of the 12 741 study participants aged 1 to 17 years (6546 boys, 6195 girls), 9 (0.07%) had a reported history of celiac disease. An elevated concentration of serum autoantibodies to tissue transglutaminase was found in 91 children with a normal IgA concentration and in 7 with IgA deficiency. The prevalence of undiagnosed celiac disease, based on positive autoantibody findings, was 0.8% (95% confidence interval 0.6-1.0%), and the overall prevalence of the disease was 0.9%. Seropositive children and adolescents had lower ferritin and red blood cell folate concentrations than seronegative ones; they also tended to be shorter and to weigh less as reflected by age- and sex-standardized z-scores. Conclusion: The 0.9% prevalence of celiac disease in Germany, as determined from a combination of serological findings and clinical histories, is similar to reported prevalences elsewhere in Europe and North America. Pediatricians, primary care physicians, internists, and other specialists should be aware of the broad spectrum of clinical manifestations of this disease. Children who have symptoms suggestive of celiac disease or belong to a group at risk for it should be tested for antibodies against tissue transglutaminase, as should symptomatic adults after the exclusion of other possible causes. It is not yet clear whether asymptomatic adults from high-risk groups should be tested.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
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    ABSTRACT: Understanding changes in dietary intake during puberty could aid the mapping of dietary interventions for primary prevention. The present study describes dietary changes from childhood to adolescence, and their associations with parental education, family income, child education, body mass index (BMI), pubertal onset and screen-time sedentary behaviour. Dietary data (n = 1232) were obtained from food frequency questionnaires at the 10- and 15-year follow-ups of the GINIplus birth cohort study. Intakes of 17 food groups, macronutrients and antioxidant vitamins, were described by a) paired Wilcoxon rank sum tests, comparing average intakes at each time-point, and b) Cohen's kappa "tracking" coefficients, measuring stability of intakes (maintenance of relative tertile positions across time). Further, associations of changes (tertile position increase or decrease vs. tracking) with parental education, family income, child education, pubertal onset, BMI, and screen-time, were assessed by logistic regression and multinomial logistic regression models stratified by baseline intake tertile. Both sexes increased average intakes of water and decreased starchy vegetables, margarine and dairy. Females decreased meat and retinol intakes and increased vegetables, grains, oils and tea. Males decreased fruit and carbohydrates and increased average intakes of meat, caloric drinks, water, protein, fat, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), vitamin C and alpha-tocopherol. Both sexes presented mainly "fair" tracking levels [κw = 0.21-0.40]. Females with high (vs. low) parental education were more likely to increase their nut intake [OR = 3.8; 95 % CI = (1.7;8.8)], and less likely to decrease vitamin C intakes [0.2 (0.1;0.5)], while males were less likely to increase egg consumption [0.2 (0.1;0.5)] and n3 PUFAs [0.2 (0.1;0.5)]. Females with a higher (vs. low) family income were more likely to maintain medium wholegrain intakes [0.2 (0.1;0.7) for decrease vs. tracking, and 0.1 (0.0;0.5) for increase vs. tracking], and were less likely to decrease vitamin C intakes [0.2 (0.1;0.6)]. Males with high education were less likely to increase sugar-sweetened foods [0.1 (0.1;0.4)]. Finally, BMI in females was negatively associated with decreasing protein intakes [0.7 (0.6;0.9)]. In males BMI was positively associated with increasing margarine [1.4 (1.1;1.6)] and vitamin C intakes [1.4 (1.1;1.6)], and negatively associated with increasing n3 PUFA. Average dietary intakes changed significantly, despite fair tracking levels, suggesting the presence of trends in dietary behaviour during puberty. Family income and parental education predominantly influenced intake changes. Our results support the rationale for dietary interventions targeting children, and suggest that sex-specific subpopulations, e.g. low socio-economic status, should be considered for added impact.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2015 · BMC Public Health

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    ABSTRACT: The impact of outdoor air pollution exposure on long-term lung development and potential periods of increased lung susceptibility remain unknown. This study assessed associations between early-life and current residential exposure to air pollution and lung function at 15-years of age in two German birth cohorts. Fifteen year-old participants living in an urban and rural area in Germany underwent spirometry before and after bronchodilation (N=2266). Annual average (long-term) exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), particles with aerodynamic diameters less than 2.5μg/m(3) (PM2.5) mass and less than 10μg/m(3) (PM10) mass, PM2.5 absorbance and ozone were estimated to each participant's birth-, 10- and 15-year home address using land-use regression and kriging (ozone only) modelling. Associations between lung function variables and long-term pollutant concentrations were assessed using linear regression models adjusted for host and environmental covariates and recent short-term air pollution exposures. Long-term air pollution concentrations assessed to the birth-, 10- and 15-year home addresses were not associated with lung function variables, before and after bronchodilation, in the complete or study area specific populations. However, several lung function variables were negatively associated with long-term NO2 concentrations among asthmatics. For example, NO2 estimated to the 15-year home address was associated with the ratio of forced expiratory volume in one second to forced vital capacity (FEV1/FVC) and the mean flow rate between 25% and 75% of FVC (-3.5%, 95% confidence interval [-6.0, -1.0] and -297.4ml/s [-592.6, -2.1] per 5.9μg/m(3) increase in NO2, respectively). Nearly all effect estimates for the associations between the short-term PM2.5 mass, PM10 mass and ozone concentrations and the lung function variables were negative in the complete population. Early-life and current long-term air pollution exposures and lung function at the age of 15 years were not associated in the complete study population. Asthmatics may represent a vulnerable group. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · International journal of hygiene and environmental health
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    ABSTRACT: The prevalence of allergen sensitization reaches up to 46.6% in 14- to 17-year-old German adolescents. Polysensitization is strongly associated with a higher risk of allergic rhinitis or asthma. Whether or how sensitization also is related to lung function remains uncertain. To assess whether sensitization to common inhalant allergens is associated with lung function in adolescents after stratification by allergic respiratory disease. In total, 1,719 15-year-old participants of the German Infant Study on the Influence of Nutrition Intervention plus Air Pollution and Genetics on Allergy Development (GINIplus) birth cohort provided valid spirometric indices, including forced expiratory volume in 1 second, forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory flow rate at 25% to 75% of the FVC, and specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) screening test to 8 inhalant allergens (ImmunoCAP). Complete information on allergic rhinitis and asthma status was available for 1,128 subjects. Associations between lung function parameters and sensitization, classified into 4 groups (no sensitization to polysensitization) were analyzed using adjusted linear regression models. Among participants, 21.1% (n = 347) had allergic rhinitis, 10.1% (n = 119) had asthma, and 46.4% (n = 798) had a positive screening test to inhalant allergens. Prevalences were consistently higher in boys. The percentage of subjects with rhinitis or asthma increased from 5.8% in non-sensitized subjects (n = 620) to 69.4% in polysensitized subjects (n = 144). Sensitization was not associated with any spirometric parameter considered in subjects with allergic rhinitis, asthma, or neither disease. Although allergen-specific IgE concentrations can contribute to the identification of subjects at higher risk for allergic rhinitis and asthma, sensitization to inhalant allergens is not related to impaired spirometric lung parameters within the different allergic respiratory disease subgroups. Copyright © 2015 American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2015 · Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology: official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
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    ABSTRACT: The goal of first-line Helicobacter pylori therapy is to reach an eradication rate of 90% to avoid further investigations, antibiotic use, and spreading of resistant strains. To evaluate the eradication rate of high-dose sequential therapy in treatment-naïve children and to assess factors associated with failure. Prospective data assessed in a registry from nine European centers between October 2009 and December 2011. Children with biopsy-proven Helicobacter pylori infection were prescribed 5 days of esomeprazole and amoxicillin, followed by 5 days of esomeprazole, clarithromycin, and metronidazole according to bodyweight. Eradication was assessed after 8-12 weeks. Primary endpoint was the eradication rate in children who received at least one dose and had follow-up data. Multivariate analysis evaluated potential factors for treatment success including sex, age, center, migrant status, antibiotic resistance, and adherence to therapy. Follow-up was available in 209 of 232 patients (age range 3.1-17.9 years, 118 females). Primary resistance occurred for clarithromycin in 30 of 209 (14.4%), for metronidazole in 32 (15.3%), for both antibiotics in 7 (3.3%), and culture failed in 6 (2.9%). Eradication was achieved in 168 of 209 children (80.4%, 95% CI 75.02-85.78), in 85.8% with no resistance, 72.6% with single resistance, and 28.6% with double resistance. Independent factors affecting eradication rate included resistance to clarithromycin (adjusted ORs 0.27 (0.09-0.84), p = .024), to metronidazole (0.25 (0.009-0.72), p = .010) or to both (0.04 (0.01-0.35), p = .004), and intake of ≤90% of prescribed drugs (0.03 (0.01-0.18), p < .001). A high-dose 10-day sequential therapy cannot be recommended in treatment-naïve children. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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    Full-text · Article · May 2015 · Environment International
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    ABSTRACT: Non-IgE-mediated gastrointestinal food-induced allergic disorders (non-IgE-GI-FAs) account for an unknown proportion of food allergies and include food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), food protein-induced allergic proctocolitis (FPIAP), and food protein-induced enteropathy (FPE). Non-IgE-GI-FAs are separate clinical entities but have many overlapping clinical and histologic features among themselves and with eosinophilic gastroenteropathies. Over the past decade, FPIES has emerged as the most actively studied non-IgE-GI-FA, potentially because of acute and distinct clinical features. FPIAP remains among the common causes of rectal bleeding in infants, while classic infantile FPE is rarely diagnosed. The overall most common allergens are cow's milk and soy; in patients with FPIES, rice and oat are also common. The most prominent clinical features of FPIES are repetitive emesis, pallor, and lethargy; chronic FPIES can lead to failure to thrive. FPIAP manifests with bloody stools in well-appearing young breast-fed or formula-fed infants. Features of FPE are nonbloody diarrhea, malabsorption, protein-losing enteropathy, hypoalbuminemia, and failure to thrive. Non-IgE-GI-FAs have a favorable prognosis; the majority resolve by 1 year in patients with FPIAP, 1 to 3 years in patients with FPE, and 1 to 5 years in patients with FPIES, with significant differences regarding specific foods. There is an urgent need to better define the natural history of FPIES and the pathophysiology of non-IgE-GI-FAs to develop biomarkers and novel therapies. Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    No preview · Article · May 2015 · The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology
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    ABSTRACT: Asthma, rhinitis, and eczema often co-occur in children but their interrelationships at the population level have been poorly addressed. We assessed co-occurrence of childhood asthma, rhinitis, and eczema using unsupervised statistical techniques. We included 17,209 children at 4 years and 14,585 at 8 years from seven European-population-based birth cohorts (MeDALL project). At each age period, children were grouped, using partitioning cluster analysis, according to the distribution of 23 variables covering symptoms "ever" and "in the last 12 months", doctor diagnosis, age of onset, and treatments of asthma, rhinitis, and eczema, IgE sensitisation, weight, and height. We tested the sensitivity of our estimates to subject and variable selections, and to different statistical approaches, including latent class analysis and self-organising maps. Two groups were identified as the optimal way to cluster the data at both age periods and in all sensitivity analyses. The first (reference) group at 4 and 8 years (including 70 and 79% of children, respectively) was characterised by a low prevalence of symptoms and sensitisation, whereas the second (symptomatic) group exhibited more frequent symptoms and sensitisation. 99% children with comorbidities (co-occurrence of asthma, rhinitis, and/or eczema) were included in the symptomatic group at both ages. The children's characteristics in both groups were consistent in all sensitivity analyses. At 4 and 8 years, at the population level, asthma, rhinitis, and eczema can be classified together as an allergic comorbidity cluster. Future research including time-repeated assessments and biological data will help understanding the interrelationships between these diseases. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2015 · Allergy
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    ABSTRACT: Physical inactivity in children is an important risk factor for the development of various morbidities and mortality in adulthood, physical activity already has preventive effects during childhood. The objective of this study is to estimate the association between physical activity, healthcare utilization and costs in children. Cross-sectional data of 3356 children aged 9 to 12 years were taken from the 10-year follow-up of the birth cohort studies GINIplus and LISAplus, including information on healthcare utilization and physical activity given by parents via self-administered questionnaires. Using a bottom-up approach, direct costs due to healthcare utilization and indirect costs resulting from parental work absence were estimated for the base year 2007. A two-step regression model compared effects on healthcare utilization and costs for a higher (≥7 h/week) versus a lower (<7 h/week) level of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) adjusted for age, gender, BMI, education and income of parents, single parenthood and study region. Recycled predictions estimated adjusted mean costs per child and activity group. The analyses for the association between physical activity, healthcare utilization and costs showed no statistically significant results. Different directions of estimates were noticeable throughout cost components in the first step as well as the second step of the regression model. For higher MVPA (≥7 h/week) compared with lower MVPA (<7 h/week) total direct costs accounted for 392 EUR (95% CI: 342-449 EUR) versus 398 EUR (95% CI: 309-480 EUR) and indirect costs accounted for 138 EUR (95% CI: 124-153 EUR) versus 127 EUR (95% CI: 111-146 EUR). The results indicate that childhood might be too early in life, to detect significant preventive effects of physical activity on healthcare utilization and costs, as diseases attributable to lacking physical activity might first occur later in life. This underpins the importance of clarifying the long-term effects of physical activity as it may strengthen the promotion of physical activity in children from a health economic perspective.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2015 · BMC Public Health

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  • 2008-2015
    • Technische Universität München
      München, Bavaria, Germany
    • St. Marien- und St. Annastiftskrankenhaus
      Ludwigshafen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
  • 1998-2015
    • Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich
      • • Children in the Department of Surgery, Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital
      • • Department of Internal Medicine II
      • • Department of Paediatrics
      • • Max-von-Pettenkofer Institute for Hygiene and Medical Microbiology
      München, Bavaria, Germany
  • 1995-2014
    • University Hospital München
      München, Bavaria, Germany
  • 2013
    • University of Groningen
      • Department of Genetics
      Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
    • Universitätsklinikum Freiburg
      Freiburg an der Elbe, Lower Saxony, Germany
  • 2012
    • Helmholtz Zentrum München
      • Institut für Epidemiologie
      München, Bavaria, Germany
  • 2010
    • Leiden University Medical Centre
      Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands
  • 2009
    • Fudan University
      Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China
  • 2001-2007
    • Max von Pettenkofer-Institut
      München, Bavaria, Germany
    • University College Dublin
      Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
  • 2006
    • University of Southampton
      • Institute of Human Nutrition
      Southampton, ENG, United Kingdom
  • 1999
    • University Hospital Essen
      Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 1983-1993
    • Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
      Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany