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Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition:
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e3181615cba
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Influence of Protein and Energy Intakes on Body Composition of Formula-fed Preterm Infants After Term

Roggero, P; Giannì, ML; Amato, O; Orsi, A; Piemontese, P; Puricelli, V; Mosca, F

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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.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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