Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 145–149 | Cite as

Prematurity and insulin sensitivity

Short Review


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 composition insulin sensitivity very low birth weight (VLBW) 


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© Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE) 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Maternal and Child Research, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of de ChileSantiagoChile

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