Table 2

Association of famine exposure during early life with risk of adulthood anemia in Chinese (n=2007)
Exposed cohorts Nonexposed cohort
Late childhood Mid childhood Early childhood Fetal-exposed
Anemia as outcome
Both genders
 Prevalence 29.7 28.2 28.1 33.8 26.0
 RR (95% CI) : model 1 1.15(0.93-1.41) 1.07(0.86-1.33) 1.09(0.88-1.35) 1.26(1.01-1.59) 1.00
 RR (95% CI) : model 2 1.05(0.84-1.30) 1.02(0.81-1.28) 1.04(0.84-1.29) 1.36(1.08-1.70) 1.00
 RR (95% CI) : model 3 1.05(0.84-1.30) 1.03(0.82-1.29) 1.04(0.84-1.30) 1.37(1.09-1.71) 1.00
Men
 Prevalence 23.6 21.8 17.9 28.4 16.4
 RR (95% CI) : model 1 1.44(0.97-2.13) 1.33(0.87-2.02) 1.09(0.71-1.68) 1.73(1.13-2.67) 1.00
 RR (95% CI) : model 2 1.13(0.74-1.74) 1.16(0.74-1.83) 1.02(0.65-1.59) 1.80(1.17-2.77) 1.00
 RR (95% CI) : model 3 1.17(0.76-1.79) 1.19(0.76-1.86) 1.02(0.66-1.60) 1.87(1.21-2.87) 1.00
Women
 Prevalence 35.1 32.9 37.2 37.4 34.2
 RR (95% CI) : model 1 1.03(0.80-1.31) 0.96(0.75-1.24) 1.09(0.85-1.39) 1.09(0.84-1.43) 1.00
 RR (95% CI) : model 2 0.96(0.75-1.24) 0.94(0.72-1.22) 1.04(0.81-1.34) 1.16(0.88-1.51) 1.00
 RR (95% CI) : model 3 0.98(0.76-1.26) 0.95(0.73-1.24) 1.06(0.82-1.36) 1.17(0.90-1.53) 1.00

Model 1: unadjusted model.

Model 2: RR adjusted for income, education, residence (urban/rural), smoking, alcohol drinking, job (manual vs non manual), hypertension. In gender combined model, gender was also adjusted in the model.

Model 3: additional adjustment for BMI.

Shi et al.

Shi et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:904   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-904

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