Influence of postdischarge nutrition on body composition at 6 years of age among children born very preterm.

Bidragets oversatte titel: Kropssammensætning hos 6 årige børn født meget prætermt set i forhold til den tidlige ernæring.

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New research has shown that type of nutrition in early life may affect not only growth but also later body composition and risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
A prospective, randomized, interventional multicentre trial on nutrition of a preterm birth cohort has been established and described previously2. Inclusion criteria were gestational age ≤32+0 weeks. From hospital discharge to 4 month corrected aged, the infants received 3 different types of nutrition: A: human milk (HM) B: HM enriched with fortifier C: preterm formula. At 6 years of age, a dexa scan was performed to evaluate body composition.
277 infants were included, 79 children are investigated now. (A: 26, B: 22 and C: 31). Fat mass (FM) and muscle mass (MM) was measured. FM was highest in group C (formula), and lowest in group A (HM) (A: 15,4%, B: 18,2%, C: 19,7%). The same pattern was found for FM in grams: 3270(A), 3914(B) and 4515(C). FM for group C was higher than group A (p<0,02), group B higher than A (p<0,05). FM for group C was not significantly higher than B. MM was similar in group A (16633 g) and C (16310 g) and higher as compared to B (15841 g), but not significantly.
It seems that HM is the preferable nutrition for preterm born children if a lower fat mass and higher muscle mass is regarded optimal. The results are not all significant, which might be due to the small sample size. Investigations of the remaining infants are awaited.
Publikationsdato30. jan. 2014
Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - 30. jan. 2014
Begivenhed2nd International Conference on Nutrition & Growth - Barcelona, Spanien
Varighed: 30. jan. 20141. feb. 2014
Konferencens nummer: 2


Konference2nd International Conference on Nutrition & Growth


  • Neonatology
  • Nutrition
  • Body Composition