Spectroscopic biofeedback on cutaneous carotenoids as part of a prevention program could be effective to raise health awareness in adolescents

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  • Ruo-Xi Yu,

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    1. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, Center of Experimental and Cutaneous Physiology CCP, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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  • Wolfgang Köcher,

    1. Opsolution GmbH, Wilhelmshöher Allee 273A, 34131 Kassel, Germany
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  • Maxim E. Darvin,

    1. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, Center of Experimental and Cutaneous Physiology CCP, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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  • Monika Büttner,

    1. Elisabeth-Knipping-Schule, Mombachstraße 14, 34127 Kassel, Germany
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  • Sora Jung,

    1. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, Center of Experimental and Cutaneous Physiology CCP, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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  • Bich Na Lee,

    1. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, Center of Experimental and Cutaneous Physiology CCP, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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  • Christoph Klotter,

    1. Fulda University of Applied Science, Fulda, Postfach 22 54, 36012 Fulda, Germany
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  • Klaus Hurrelmann,

    1. Hertie School of Governance, Friedrichstraße 180, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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  • Martina C. Meinke,

    1. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, Center of Experimental and Cutaneous Physiology CCP, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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  • Jürgen Lademann

    1. Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, Center of Experimental and Cutaneous Physiology CCP, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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Abstract

The cutaneous carotenoid concentration correlates with the overall antioxidant status of a person and can be seen as biomarker for nutrition and lifestyle. 50 high school students were spectroscopically measured for their cutaneous carotenoid concentrations initially in a static phase, followed by an intervention phase with biofeedback of their measured values, living a healthy lifestyle and on healthy food this time. The volunteers showed higher carotenoid concentrations than found in previous studies. A significant correlation of healthy lifestyle habits and a high antioxidant status could be determined. Subjects improved their nutritional habits and significantly increased their carotenoid concentration during intervention. Follow-up five months later showed a consolidation of the increase. The investigations show that a healthy diet and a well-balanced lifestyle correlate with a high cutaneous antioxidant concentration and that spectroscopic biofeedback measurement of cutaneous carotenoids as part of an integrated prevention program is a feasible and effective means to raise the health awareness in adolescents. (© 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

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