LASERI Study (YFS - The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study in English)

YFS Study (LASERI in Finnish) is one of the largest follow-up studies into cardiovascular risk from childhood to adulthood. The aim of the study was to find out, how childhood’s lifestyle, biological and psychological risk factors and genotype influence on the risk of cardiovascular diseases in adulthood.

The study was initiated in 1980 and latest follow up measurements were done in 2012.

One of the main findings of YFS Study were that risk factors that appeared at childhood and teenage (such as high levels of blood pressure and serum cholesterol, obesity, smoking) had a huge impact on early changes in relation to cardiovascular diseases.

There were more than 3500 participants, at the beginning the age-range was 3-18 years and during the latest follow-up they were 34-50 years old.

There is more than 500 publications and over 40 doctoral thesis done on this research material.

 

More information available:

http://youngfinnsstudy.utu.fi/index.html