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Calcium Supplementation during Childhood: Long-term Effects on Bone Mineralization

Steven A. Abrams MD
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.2005.tb00381.x 251-255 First published online: 1 July 2005


Calcium supplementation has been shown to increase bone mineralization in children and adolescents. However, catch-up mineralization later in puberty appears likely if intake is consistent with usual average intakes in the United States. Ultimately, individ-ualized risk assessment will be developed based on genetic and lifestyle factors that can be used to guide optimal calcium intake during childhood.

  • calcium absorption
  • dietary requirements
  • puberty
  • bone mass

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