Plasma free carnitine levels in 0-12-month-old infants in relation to feeding styles


Hizel S., Kilic F. K. , Sanli C., Coskun T. , Onal S.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR VITAMIN AND NUTRITION RESEARCH, vol.76, no.3, pp.117-123, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 76 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1024/0300-9831.76.3.117
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR VITAMIN AND NUTRITION RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.117-123

Abstract

This study was planned to determine the blood camitine levels of children aged 0-1 year in Kinkkale. Blood samples were taken on Guthrie cards and plasma free camitine levels were analyzed by tandem mass spectrometry. The mean free camitine level was 25.12 +/- 10.1 mu mol/L (10.1-49.5 mu mol/L). To assess the plasma free carnitine levels according to feeding style, babies were grouped as exclusively breastfed (n = 67, 49.3%), artificially fed (n = 24, 17.7%), and mixed fed (n = 45, 33%). The exclusively, breastfed infants displayed the lowest free carnitine levels (p < 0.05). However, when this was analyzed in accordance with age, no significant change was observed in plasma free camitine levels according to feeding style. Results', of this study are important as they reveal an indication about the normal values of plasma free camitine in-Turkish infants and their relationship to feeding styles.