European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 28, Issue 7, pp 569–578 | Cite as

Serum calcium and the calcium-sensing receptor polymorphism rs17251221 in relation to coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and mortality: the Tromsø Study

  • Rolf Jorde
  • Henrik Schirmer
  • Inger Njølstad
  • Maja-Lisa Løchen
  • Ellisiv Bøgeberg Mathiesen
  • Elena Kamycheva
  • Yngve Figenschau
  • Guri Grimnes


Serum calcium measured in 27,158 subjects in 1994 and the calcium-sensing receptor polymorphism rs17251221 genotyped in 9,404 subjects were related to cardiovascular risk factors, incident myocardial infarction (MI), type 2 diabetes (T2DM), cancer and death during follow-up until 2008–2010. In a Cox regression model with adjustment for age, gender, smoking and body mass index, subjects with serum calcium 2.50–2.60 mmol/L had a significantly increased risk of incident MI [n = 1,802, hazards ratio (HR) 1.40, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.18, 1.66] and T2DM (n = 705, HR 1.49, 95 % CI 1.15, 1.94) and a significantly reduced risk of cancer (n = 2,222, HR 0.73, 95 % CI 0.62, 0.86) as compared to subjects with serum calcium 2.20–2.29 mmol/L. For rs17251221 there was a mean difference in serum calcium of 0.05 mmol/L between major and minor homozygote genotypes. No consistent, significant relation between rs17251221 and risk factors or the major hard endpoints were found. The minor homozygote genotype (high serum calcium) had a significant twofold increased risk (HR 2.32, 95 % CI 1.24, 4.36) for prostate cancer, as compared to the major homozygote. This may be clinically important if confirmed in other cohorts.


Calcium-sensing receptor Cancer Cardiovascular disease Mortality Prostate cancer Serum calcium 



Body mass index


Calcium-sensing receptor


Confidence intervals


Cardiovascular disease


Glycated haemoglobin


Hazard ratio


Linkage disequilibrium


Myocardial infarction


Parathyroid hormone


Single nucleotide polymorphisms


Type 2 diabetes



We are indebted to the National Health Screening Service for their participation in collection of data in the fourth survey of the Tromsø Study. The present study was supported by grants from The North Norway Regional Health Authority, The Norwegian Diabetes Association, The Research Council of Norway and The University of Tromsø.

Conflict of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf Jorde
    • 1
    • 2
  • Henrik Schirmer
    • 1
    • 3
  • Inger Njølstad
    • 4
  • Maja-Lisa Løchen
    • 4
  • Ellisiv Bøgeberg Mathiesen
    • 1
    • 5
  • Elena Kamycheva
    • 2
  • Yngve Figenschau
    • 6
    • 7
  • Guri Grimnes
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical MedicineUniversity of TromsøTromsöNorway
  2. 2.Division of Internal MedicineUniversity Hospital of North NorwayTromsöNorway
  3. 3.Division of CardiologyUniversity Hospital of North NorwayTromsöNorway
  4. 4.Department of Community MedicineUniversity of TromsøTromsöNorway
  5. 5.Department of Neurology and NeurophysiologyUniversity Hospital of North NorwayTromsöNorway
  6. 6.Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute of Medical BiologyUniversity of TromsøTromsöNorway
  7. 7.Department of Laboratory MedicineUniversity Hospital of North NorwayTromsöNorway

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