Influence of protein and energy intakes on body composition of formula-fed preterm infants after term

P. Roggero, M. Giannì, O. Amato, A. Orsi, P. Piemontese, V. Puricelli, F. Mosca

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to evaluate changes in body composition in 48 preterm infants in relation to protein and energy intakes from term up to 3 months of corrected age, using air displacement plethysmography. Protein intake (grams per kilogram per day) was negatively associated with percentage of fat mass at 1 month of corrected age. The high-protein-intake group showed greater gain in lean body mass gain than did the low-protein-intake group. This finding suggests that during the first month of corrected age, high protein intake results in a significantly different weight gain composition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-378
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008

Keywords

  • Body composition
  • Postdischarge nutrition
  • Preterm infants
  • Protein intake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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