Environmental exposures and health behavior in association with mental health: a study design.

Last updated on 12-1-2021 by Pauline Hautekiet

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Background: Air pollution, green space and smoking are known to affect human health. However, less is known about their underlying biological mechanisms. One of these mechanisms could be biological aging. In this study, we explore the mediation of biomarkers of exposure and biological aging to explain the associations between environmental exposures, health behavior and mental health. Methods: The study population of this cross-sectional study ( = 1168) is a subsample of the Belgian 2018 Health Interview Survey (BHIS). Mental health indicators including psychological and severe psyc…

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