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Associations of Telomere Length With Two Dietary Quality Indices After a Lifestyle Intervention in Children With Abdominal Obesity: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Jun 17, 2020 | Magazine: Pediatric Obesity

Ana Ojeda-Rodríguez  (1, 2) , Lydia Morell-Azanza  (1, 2) , Guillermo Zalba  (2, 3) , Itziar Zazpe  (1,2, 4, 5) , Maria Cristina Azcona-Sanjulian  (2, 6) , Amelia Marti  (1, 2, 5)

Background: Dietary factors seem to influence telomere length. Moreover, associations between changes in adiposity indices and telomere length (TL) have been found in intervention studies.

Objective: We evaluated changes in two diet quality indices and their association with TL in children with abdominal obesity in a 12-month lifestyle intervention.

Methods: Eighty-seven participants (7-16 years old) were assigned to the intervention (moderate hypocaloric Mediterranean diet) or usual care group (standard paediatric recommendations) for a 2-month intensive phase and a subsequent 10-month follow-up. Diet quality was assessed using the Diet Quality Index for Adolescents (DQI-A) and the Healthy Lifestyle Diet Index (HLD-I). TL was measured by monochrome multiplex real-time quantitative PCR. The intra-class correlation coefficient for TL was 0.793 (95% CI 0.707, 0.857).

Results: After a 12-month lifestyle intervention, a significant reduction in BMI-SDS (-0.57 and -0.49 for the intervention and usual care groups, respectively) and fat mass was observed in all subjects without differences between groups. Changes in DQI-A (+12.36% vs +5.53%, P = .005) and HLD-I (+4.43 vs +1.09, P < .001) were higher in the intervention subjects compared with usual care subjects after 2 months. Interestingly, we observed a positive change in TL between 2 and 12 months (P = .025), which was associated with higher scores on the DQI-A (β = 0.008, R2 = 0.088, P = .010) and HLD-I (β = 0.022, R2 = 0.198, P = .015), in the intervention group after the 2-month intensive phase.

Conclusion: Favourable changes in diet quality indices could contribute to telomere integrity in children with abdominal obesity enrolled in an intensive lifestyle intervention.

CITA DEL ARTÍCULO  Pediatr Obes. 2020 Jun 17;e12661.  doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12661