Serum micronutrient concentrations and childhood asthma: the PIAMA birth cohort study

Authors

  • A. A. M. van Oeffelen,

    1. Department of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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  • M. B. M. Bekkers,

    1. Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    2. Center for Prevention and Health Services Research, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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  • H. A. Smit,

    1. Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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  • M. Kerkhof,

    1. Department of Epidemiology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
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  • G. H. Koppelman,

    1. Department of Pulmonology and Pediatric Allergology, Beatrix Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
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  • A. Haveman-Nies,

    1. Department of Human Nutrition, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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  • D. L. van der A,

    1. Center for Nutrition and Health, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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  • E. H. J. M. Jansen,

    1. Laboratory for Health Protection Research, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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  • A. H. Wijga

    1. Center for Prevention and Health Services Research, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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Marga Bekkers, Center for Prevention and Health Services Research (PZO), National Institute for public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Postbak 101, Postbus 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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Abstract

To cite this article: van Oeffelen AAM, Bekkers MBM, Smit HA, Kerkhof M, Koppelman GH, Haveman-Nies A, van der A DL, Jansen EHJM, Wijga AH. Serum micronutrient concentrations and childhood asthma: the PIAMA birth cohort study. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2011: 22: 784–793.

Abstract

Background:  Research suggests an influence of micronutrients on childhood asthma. So far, evidence mainly originates from cross-sectional studies using nutrient intake data, which is not an accurate measure of nutrient status. This study aimed to investigate the cross-sectional and prospective associations between serum concentrations of magnesium, vitamin D, selenium, and zinc and prevalence of (severe) asthma, atopy, and bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) in childhood.

Methods:  In the Prevention and Incidence of Asthma and Mite Allergy birth cohort study, serum nutrient concentrations were available for a 4-yr-old subgroup (n = 372) and for a different 8-yr-old subgroup (n = 328). Yearly questionnaires inquired about asthma prevalence until 8 yr of age. Allergic sensitization was measured at 4 and 8 yr of age; BHR was measured at 8 yr of age. Data were analyzed with logistic regression and generalized estimating equations models.

Results:  There was a consistent (non-significant) inverse association between serum magnesium concentrations and asthma prevalence. Serum vitamin D concentrations measured at age 4 were inversely associated with asthma at ages 4–8 [e.g., cross-sectional association between vitamin D tertile 3 vs. 1 and severe asthma: odds ratio (OR): 0.49, 95% confidence interval (CI): 0.25–0.95], whereas vitamin D measured at age 8 was positively associated with asthma at age 8 (e.g., cross-sectional association between vitamin D tertile 3 vs. 1 and severe asthma: OR: 2.14, 95% CI: 0.67–6.82).

Conclusions:  Our study contributes to the evidence that children with higher serum magnesium concentrations are less likely to have asthma. The associations between serum vitamin D concentrations and asthma were age-dependent.

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