Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 145–149

Prematurity and insulin sensitivity


    • Institute of Maternal and Child Research, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of de Chile
Short Review

DOI: 10.1007/BF03347045

Cite this article as:
Mericq, V. J Endocrinol Invest (2011) 34: 145. doi:10.1007/BF03347045


Nowadays, an increased number of premature infants survive. The medical challenge is to reduce their postnatal morbidities with a special focus towards a decrease in metabolic risks. In this manuscript, we will examine available evidence of perinatal, infancy, and childhood consequences of prematurity on insulin sensitivity and glucose homeostasis. Moreover, we add some recent data on how nutritional intervention could modify these risks.


Body compositioninsulin sensitivityvery low birth weight (VLBW)

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