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Health economic potential of early nutrition programming: a model calculation of long-term reduction in blood pressure and related morbidity costs by use of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid-supplemented formula.

Authors
  • Straub, Niels1
  • Grunert, Philipp
  • von Kries, Rüdiger
  • Koletzko, Berthold
  • 1 Institute for Market Research, Strategy and Planning, Munich, Germany. , (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2011
Volume
94
Issue
6 Suppl
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.110.001479
PMID: 21974892
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Breastfeeding is the recommended feeding practice, but infants who are not breastfed should receive an appropriate infant formula. Following this model calculation, LC-PUFA supplementation of infant formula represents an economically worthwhile prevention strategy, based on the costs derived from hypertension-linked diseases in later life. However, because our analysis was based on a single randomized controlled trial, further studies are required to verify the validity of this thesis.

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