Israeli innovation combats stunted growth in children

Clinical trials with dietary supplement formulated by Israeli scientists have children growing 1-2 centimeters more than the group taking placebos.

 

A new dietary supplement developed at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Israel has successfully helped children in the bottom 10th percentile for height and weight grow taller and gain weight. The supplement, named Up-Pro, will be available in stores in the near future.

A new dietary supplement has been shown to help children in the bottom 10th percentile for height and weight to grow taller and gain weight [Illustrative] – Photo: GettyImages

Studies show that children who took the supplement grew 1-2 centimeters taller than the control group, who were given placebos. The children’s height to weight ratio was not affected, and the additive did not cause anyone to become overweight.

The participants in the trial were children in the bottom 10th percentile of height and weight for their age, who do not suffer from hormonal disorders associated with stunted growth.

“Until now we did not have a solution for these kids,” the head of the hospital’s Endocrinology and Diabetes Institute, Professor Moshe Phillips, said.

“We created the supplement after years of research, and it contains ingredients that we are already familiar with, such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.

“No one suddenly became [basketball player] Aulcie Perry but their growth rates did increase,” Phillips said. The supplement is taken once a day before going to sleep.

Schneider Children’s Medical Center is currently studying the effects of the supplement on girls who begin taking it at age 10 and boys who begin at age 11. Each gender has its own version of the supplement.

“Until now we did not have a solution for these kids,” the head of the hospital’s Endocrinology and Diabetes Institute, Professor Moshe Phillips, said.

“We created the supplement after years of research, and it contains ingredients that we are already familiar with, such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals.

“No one suddenly became [basketball player] Aulcie Perry but their growth rates did increase,” Phillips said. The supplement is taken once a day before going to sleep.

Schneider Children’s Medical Center is currently studying the effects of the supplement on girls who begin taking it at age 10 and boys who begin at age 11. Each gender has its own version of the supplement.

 

View original Israel Hayom publication at: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=25391

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