• White cell counts in relation to mortality in a general population of cohort study in the Netherlands: a mediating effect or not?

      Abete, Itziar; Lu, Yunxia; Lassale, Camille; Verschuren, Monique; van der Schouw, Yvonne; Bueno-de-Mesquita, Bas (2019-10-30)
      After an average follow-up of 15.8 years, a total of 936 death cases were identified (466 cancer; 179 CVD; 291 other causes). Statistically significant graded associations between total WCC, and counts of lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils and eosinophils and risk of total mortality were observed. These associations were more apparent in current smokers. Strong associations for all-cause mortality or cancer mortality were observed in subjects with BMI ≥25 kg/m2, ever smoking and elevated WCC (HR 3.92, 95% CI 2.76 to 5.57; HR 3.93, 95% CI 2.30 to 6.72). WCC partly mediated the associations between smoking or BMI and all-cause mortality.