Down Syndrome

Nutrition for Special Groups 3(3+0)

Lesson 2 : Overview of Nutrition for Children With Special Needs

Down Syndrome

Nutritional interventions raise intelligence of persons with Down syndrome. One study found that zinc reduced Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) by 34% for hypothyroid Down syndrome patients; it is possible that the supplemental zinc may also positively affect some symptoms. It has been speculated that zinc deficiency may be a cause of subclinical hypothyroidism in Down's syndrome children. Down syndrome patients may have plasma levels below normal of selenium and zinc and some have benefited from zinc supplementation. Antioxidant nutrients have been reported to help down’s children, but other reports have disagreed.


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