Research Article

Role of dietary energy supplementation in growth of children with chronic renal insufficiency.

Br Med J 1977; 1 doi: (Published 12 February 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;1:416
  1. P R Betts,
  2. G Magrath,
  3. R H White


    The effect of dietary energy supplements in children with varying degrees of chronic renal insufficiency was investigated. Despite an increased energy intake of 8-4% there was no increase growth velocity, although some patients reported improved wellbeing and activity. The proportion of dietary energy supplied by protein fell significantly during supplementation. The evidence suggests that the reduced energy intake of children with chronic renal insufficiency is a related but not causal factor in their growth retardation.