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The purpose of the study was to analyse the genetic predisposition to digestive diseases, micro-social stressors and other risk factors among adolescents and compare them to each other by strength of association with Chronic Digestive Diseases (CDD). One phase epidemiological research was conducted in population of adolescents aged 14-21 years, living in Georgia. The representative contigent - 430 adolescents were selected by the method of simple randomization. The two groups were separated from the research contingent: 84 adolescents with the CDD (the experimental group) and 346 condtionally healthy adolescents (the control group). The degree of relationship between the defined risk factor and CDD among adolescents was studied through case-control study method. Statistical processing of the obtained data was provided through SPSS v.11,5. The risk factors ranking was held according to decrease of OR values. Analysis of micro-social and hereditary risk factors showed that the associations between CDD and the combination of chronic psychological overloads, calculated together, is stronger (OR=15,3 (95% CI: 9,06-37,8)), than with genetic predisposition to digestive diseases (OR=11,5). From chronic psychological overloads, the most strong relationship with CDD have adolescents study overloads (OR=7,1) and conflict situations at the family (OR=6,0), as well as adolescents bad habits (OR=5,14) and unsatisfactory living conditions (OR=3,74). The listed above OR indicies may be used for planning preventive measures, needed for decrease CDD prevalence among adolescents.


M Chikava, M Bakradze, M Varsimashvili. Micro-social risk factors and genetic predisposition to micro-social risk factors and genetic predisposition to digestive diseases among adolescents living in georgia. Georgian medical news. 2013 Feb(215):80-4

PMID: 23482368

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