Shorter Leukocyte Telomere Length Is Associated With Higher Risk Of Infections: A Prospective Study Of 75,309 Individuals From The General Population

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journal:
Haematologica

Size of study:
75,309

Summary
Leukocyte telomere length was measured using qPCR from 75,309 individuals from the general population; they were then followed over the course of 23 years to assess hospitalizations and deaths attributed to infections. After adjusting for other known infection risk factors, short leukocyte telomere length was associated with increased risk of any infection as well as pneumonia. The authors hypothesize that leukocyte telomere length can be used as a proxy for immune competence.

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