Salivary alpha amylase diurnal pattern and stress response are associated with body mass index in low-income preschool-aged children

@article{Miller2015SalivaryAA,
  title={Salivary alpha amylase diurnal pattern and stress response are associated with body mass index in low-income preschool-aged children},
  author={Alison L Miller and Julie Sturza and Katherine L. Rosenblum and Delia Vazquez and Julie C. Lumeng},
  journal={Psychoneuroendocrinology},
  year={2015},
  volume={53},
  pages={40-48}
}
Physiological stress responses are proposed as a pathway through which stress can "get under the skin" and lead to health problems, specifically obesity. We tested associations of salivary alpha amylase (sAA) diurnal patterns and stress responses with body mass index (BMI) in young, low-income children (51% male; 54% non-Hispanic white). Diurnal saliva samples were collected three times per day across three days for 269 children (M age 50.8 months, SD 6.3). Individual sAA intercept and slope… CONTINUE READING

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