Calcium in Human Health

  • Connie M. Weaver
  • Robert P. Heaney

Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Connie M. Weaver, Robert P. Heaney
      Pages 1-3
  3. Calcium Functions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Robert P. Heaney
      Pages 7-12
    3. Emmanuel M. Awumey, Richard D. Bukoski
      Pages 13-35
  4. Techniques for Studying Calcium Metabolism and Its Relationship to Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Carol J. Boushey
      Pages 39-63
    3. Meryl E. Wastney, Yongdong Zhao, Connie M. Weaver
      Pages 83-93
  5. Calcium Consumption, Requirements, and Bioavailability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Robert P. Heaney, Connie M. Weaver
      Pages 97-104
    3. Anne C. Looker
      Pages 105-127
    4. Connie M. Weaver, Robert P. Heaney
      Pages 129-142
  6. Calcium Homeostasis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Robert P. Heaney
      Pages 145-162
    3. James C. Fleet
      Pages 163-189
    4. Zamzam K. Roughead
      Pages 191-207
    5. D. Lee Alekel, Oksana Matvienko
      Pages 209-225
    6. Matthew Vukovich, Bonny Specker
      Pages 227-246
    7. Michael G. Tordoff
      Pages 247-266
  7. Calicium Through Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Steven A. Abrams, Keli M. Hawthorne
      Pages 269-279
    3. Connie M. Weaver
      Pages 281-296
    4. Heidi J. Kalkwarf
      Pages 297-309
  8. Calcium and Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 311-311
    2. Robert P. Heaney
      Pages 313-317
    3. Elizabeth A. Krall
      Pages 319-325
    4. Dorothy Teegarden
      Pages 327-339
    5. Susan Thys-Jacobs
      Pages 341-355
    6. Susan Thys-Jacobs
      Pages 357-369
    7. Bess Dawson-Hughes
      Pages 371-385
    8. Peter R. Holt
      Pages 387-400
    9. Dorothy Teegarden
      Pages 401-409
    10. David A. McCarron, Robert P. Heaney
      Pages 411-420
    11. David A. McCarron
      Pages 421-429
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 431-450

About this book


Calcium performs diverse biological functions in the human body and is a micronutrient essential to human health and well-being. It serves as a second messenger for nearly every biological process, stabilizes many proteins, and in deficient amounts is associated with a large number diseases and disorders. In Calcium in Human Health, a panel of highly respected researchers and clinical practitioners comprehensively reviews the state of our knowledge concerning this ubiquitous micronutrient, not only demonstrating its importance to human health, but also defining 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.
Comprehensive and authoritative, Calcium in Human Health offers health professionals and researchers a vast amount of current information on the sources, biological function, interactions, and disease implications of calcium, a critical benchmark resource for improving the health outcomes of individuals, finding new drugs that alter the function of the extracellular calcium receptor, setting adequate dietary requirements, and developing new disease-prevention programs.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Connie M. Weaver
    • 1
  • Robert P. Heaney
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Foods and NutritionPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette
  2. 2.Creighton UniversityOmaha

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