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Zinc and iron status and growth in healthy infants


Objective: To elucidate the relationships between growth and zinc and iron status in normal infants.

Study design: Growth of normal infants (less than 3 y old; n=66) was prospectively assessed with a mean delay of 24±6 weeks between measurements; subjects were free from illness and presented with a normal growth. Growth was compared to serum zinc (s-zinc), IGF-1 and iron status.

Setting: Teaching hospital of Caen.

Results: No relation was found between linear or weight growth and s-zinc; when taking into account the effect of age, linear growth was significantly associated with ferritin (P<0.001); weight gain was significantly correlated with IGF-1 (P=0.034) and ferritin (P=0.008). No relationship was found between s-zinc and iron status.

Conclusions: In normal infants iron status, more than serum zinc, seems to be correlated with growth.

European Journal Of Clinical Nutrition (2000) 24, 764–767

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Bouglé, D., Laroche, D. & Bureau, F. Zinc and iron status and growth in healthy infants. Eur J Clin Nutr 54, 764–767 (2000).

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