Health behavior of women with Turner Syndrome.

Santi, Maristella; Flück Pandey, Christa E.; Hauschild, Michael; Kuhlmann, Beatrice; Kuehni, Claudia E.; Sommer, Grit (2021). Health behavior of women with Turner Syndrome. Acta paediatrica, 110(8), pp. 2424-2429. Wiley 10.1111/apa.15814

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AIM

This study assessed lifestyle-related risk factors for cardiovascular disease in young women with Turner Syndrome.

METHODS

In 2012, we sent a questionnaire to women with Turner Syndrome aged ≥18 years and living in Switzerland with questions on socio-demographic and medical data as well as health behavior. We compared the reported lifestyle with that of women from the Swiss Health Survey 2012, a representative survey of the general population.

RESULTS

Fifty-seven percent (45/79) of women with Turner Syndrome answered the questionnaire (mean age 24 years). Eighty percent (36/45) had never smoked compared to 58% (1156/1972) of the general population (p<0.01). Women with Turner Syndrome engaged less often in binge drinking (34% vs 71%) (p<0.001), but consumed alcohol equally often as the general population (p=0.327). They performed sports as often as the general population (p=0.34), but only one quarter (11/45) of women with Turner Syndrome adhered to official physical activity recommendations.

CONCLUSION

Although most women with Turner Syndrome had a healthy lifestyle, only a minority had sufficient physical activity. Pediatricians should promote structured physical activity in girls with Turner Syndrome from early childhood onwards to reduce their cardiovascular risk in adulthood and to increase long-term health-related quality of life.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Unit Childrens Hospital > Forschungsgruppe Endokrinologie / Diabetologie / Metabolik (Pädiatrie)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Santi, Maristella; Flück Pandey, Christa Emma; Kühni, Claudia and Sommer, Grit

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1651-2227

Publisher:

Wiley

Funders:

[193] Swiss Cancer League = Krebsliga Schweiz

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Flükiger-Flückiger

Date Deposited:

19 Mar 2021 17:13

Last Modified:

19 Jul 2021 01:32

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/apa.15814

PubMed ID:

33615554

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Turner Syndrome alcohol physical activity smoking sports

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/152776

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/152776

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