Table 3

Influence of diet group on haemoglobin, ferritin, and transferrin receptor values at 18 months

Cows’ milkUnfortified
formula
Iron fortified formula
Norwich cohort
Initial haemoglobin (g/l)99 (14)
(n = 30)
96 (11)
(n = 27)
99 (13)
(n = 26)
Haemoglobin at 18 months (g/l)119 (14)**
(n = 35)
120 (11)*
(n = 32)
126 (11)
(n = 40)
All centres (at 18 months)
Geometric mean plasma ferritin (μg/l) (log SD)14.3 (0.28)***
(n = 95)
13.1 (0.24)***
(n = 76)
21.7 (0.22)
(n = 90)
Transferrin receptor (mg/l)2.49 (0.76)
(n = 90)
2.45 (0.83)
(n = 88)
2.30 (0.63)
(n = 76)
  • Values are mean (SD) unless otherwise stated.

  • Significantly lower than group fed iron fortified formula: *p < 0.05,**p < 0.01, ***p < 0.0001.