Calcium in Human Health / Edition 1

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Overview

This comprehensive review of the state of our knowledge concerning calcium not only demonstrates its importance to human health, but also defines its many complex roles. The authors summarize the latest basic scientific information on the cellular and metabolic functions of calcium, explaining the leading techniques for accurately measuring its bioavailability, absorption, and kinetics, and showing that calcium deficiency is a major problem while calcium excess a rare one. They also examine the complex regulation of calcium absorption, distribution, and excretion, as well as the multiple interactions of diet/lifestyle, and physical activity in calcium homeostasis. Their discussion of the specific roles of calcium in a variety of clinical disorders-osteoporosis, oral health, obesity, reproductive disorders, and the metabolic syndrome-provides new insights and raises new questions. The complex changes in calcium and phosphate regulation that occur in renal disease and the potential role of calcium in hypertension and vascular disease are also addressed.

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"This volume, part of the Series Nutrition and Health, reviews in 28 chapters divided into 6 sections, the latest scientific information on the cellular and metabolic functions and need of calcium. … Each chapter has references … . A well organized, easy readable text of great actual interest." (Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, Vol. 4 (2), 2006-2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588294524
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: Nutrition and Health Series
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Bone as the calcium nutrient reserve 7
3 Cellular functions and fluxes of calcium 13
4 Nutritional epidemiology : dietary assessment methods 39
5 Clinical approaches for studying calcium metabolism and its relationship to disease 65
6 Kinetic studies 83
7 Requirements for what endpoint? 97
8 Dietary calcium : recommendations and intakes around the world 105
9 Food sources, supplements, and bioavailability 129
10 The calcium economy 145
11 Molecular regulation of calcium metabolism 163
12 Influence of total diet on calcium homeostasis 191
13 Influence of lifestyle choices on calcium homeostasis : smoking, alcohol, and hormone therapies 209
14 Influence of physical activity on calcium and bone 227
15 The case for a calcium appetite in humans 247
16 Infancy and childhood 269
17 Pre-puberty and adolescence 281
18 Calcium in pregnancy and lactation 297
19 Calcium in systemic human health 313
20 Calcium and oral health 319
21 Dietary calcium and obesity 327
22 Polycystic ovary syndrome and reproduction 341
23 Premenstrual syndrome 357
24 Calcium throughout the life cycle : the later years 371
25 Calcium, vitamin D, and cancer 387
26 Dietary calcium and the metabolic syndrome 401
27 Calcium and phosphate control in patients with renal disease 411
28 Hypertension and cardiovascular disease 421
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