Low weight infants more vulnerable to osteopenia
A new study has revealed that very low weight infants have a greater risk of developing osteopenia and fractures in later stages of life.
In the study published in the journal Calcified Tissue International and Musculoskeletal Research, researchers investigated whether increasing the frequency of physical activity intervention to twice daily has a greater effect on bone strength compared to a once daily intervention or no intervention at all. The use of physical activity interventions comprising a daily programme of passive range-of-motion-assisted exercise of the large joints have promising protective effects for bone strength and metabolism, suggested the study. As many as 34 VLBW preterm infants (average birth weight 127 ± 55g and average gestational age 28.6 ± 1.1 weeks) were randomly assigned to one of the three study groups.