Table 2

Biochemical and haematological measurements at baseline and at 6 months of supplementation by intervention group

Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation group (n = 104)

Comparative 'standard of care' multivitamins group (n = 110)

Measurement

Median (IQR)

P-value

Median (IQR)

p-value


Vitamin B12 (pmol/L)

Baseline

285.5 (216.5 - 371.8)

<0.001

280.0 (211.5 - 386.3)

0.78

6 months

401.5 (264.3 - 518.8)

288.5 (198.8 - 391.0)

Change

90.5 (-0.8 - 203.5)

10.0 (-73.8 - 83.8)

Folate (nmol/L)

Baseline

17.3 (13.5 - 26.6)

<0.001

15.7 (11.9 - 22.1)

0.44

6 months

27.7 (21.1 - 33.4)

16.5 (11.7 - 22.1)

Change

8.0 (-0.3 - 17.1)

-0.6 (-3.5 - 5.8)

Haemoglobin (g/dl)

Baseline

10.0 (8.7 - 11.2)

0.04

9.8 (8.8 - 11.2)

<0.001

6 months

10.9 (9.4 - 11.7)

10.6 (9.6 - 11.7)

Change

0.3 (-0.4 - 0.9)

0.6 (-0.2 - 1.4)

CD4+ count (cells/μL)

Baseline

1201 (822 - 1556)

0.16

1033 (728 - 1406)

0.52

6 months

1039 (725 - 1358)

1043 (704 - 1484)

Change

-137 (-348 - 254)

35 (-278 - 352)


Wilcoxon Signed Ranks test was used to measure the difference between baseline and 6 months.

Ndeezi et al. Nutrition Journal 2011 10:56   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-10-56

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