IQ in childhood and the metabolic syndrome in middle age: Extended follow-up of the 1946 British Birth Cohort Study

Richards, Marcus, Black, Stephanie, Mishra, Gita, Gale, Catharine R., Deary, Ian J. and Batty, David G. (2009) IQ in childhood and the metabolic syndrome in middle age: Extended follow-up of the 1946 British Birth Cohort Study. Intelligence, 37 6: 567-572. doi:10.1016/j.intell.2008.09.004


Author Richards, Marcus
Black, Stephanie
Mishra, Gita
Gale, Catharine R.
Deary, Ian J.
Batty, David G.
Title IQ in childhood and the metabolic syndrome in middle age: Extended follow-up of the 1946 British Birth Cohort Study
Journal name Intelligence   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0160-2896
1873-7935
Publication date 2009-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.intell.2008.09.004
Volume 37
Issue 6
Start page 567
End page 572
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
IQ in early adulthood has been inversely associated with risk of the metabolic syndrome in midlife. We tested this association in the British 1946 birth cohort, which assessed IQ at age eight years and ascertained the metabolic syndrome at age 53 years based on modified (non-fasting blood) ATPIII criteria. Childhood IQ was inversely associated with risk of the metabolic syndrome, but this association was almost entirely mediated by educational attainment and achieved occupational social class. This may be consistent with a pattern where childhood IQ is strongly associated with outcomes that reflect neurological disorder, such as the degenerative dementias, but less so with common chronic physical diseases of ageing.
Keyword Childhood IO
Metabolic syndrome
1946 birth cohort
Mental Survey 1932
Body-Mass Index
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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