© 2004

Nutrition and Bone Health

  • Michael F. Holick
  • Bess Dawson-Hughes

Part of the Nutrition and Health book series (NH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Basics of Nutrition and Bone Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dorothy A. Nelson, Norman J. Sauer, Sabrina C. Agarwal
      Pages 3-18
    3. Serge Ferrari
      Pages 19-41
    4. Lawrence G. Raisz
      Pages 43-62
    5. Leon Lenchik, Sridhar Vatti, Thomas C. Register
      Pages 63-84
    6. Sanjeev Kakar, Thomas A. Einhorn
      Pages 85-103
    7. Edith M. C. Lau, Winny W. Y. Lau
      Pages 105-111
    8. John J. B. Anderson, Boyd R. Switzer, Paul Stewart, Michael Symons
      Pages 113-128
    9. Elizabeth A. Krall
      Pages 129-135
  3. Nutrition and Bone: Effects of Life Stages and Race

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Bonny L. Specker
      Pages 139-156
    3. Velimir Matkovic, Nancy Badenhop-Stevens, Eun-Jeong Ha, Zeljka Crncevic-Orlic, Albert Clairmont
      Pages 173-195
    4. Bess Dawson-Hughes
      Pages 197-210
    5. Clifford J. Rosen
      Pages 211-226
    6. Susan S. Harris
      Pages 227-232
  4. Effects of Dietary Macronutrients

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Susan A. New
      Pages 235-248
    3. Susan I. Barr
      Pages 249-259

About this book


Although the human skeleton is often taken for granted, it requires calcium and other macro- and micronutrients to maximize and maintain its size and strength. Inadequate bone nutrition produces a host of medical problems across the age spectrum, including rickets, growth retardation, osteoporosis, osteomalacia, and bone fractures. In Nutrition and Bone Health, a panel of internationally recognized bone and nutrition specialists comprehensively reviews the newest clinical findings and research discoveries regarding the role of nutrition in maintaining a healthy skeleton. Topics range from the basics of nutrition and bone biology to how to use bone density testing for evaluating bone health and the health effects of dietary macronutrients, minerals, and fat-soluble vitamins. The effects of life stages, race, lifestyle, and supplements are also detailed, along with data-driven discussions of the health impacts on bone of calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, selenium, vitamin D, protein intake, phytoestrogens, onions, and omega fatty acids. Each fully referenced article provides balanced coverage of both scientific and clinical aspects of bone health and offers summary conclusions highlighting its major findings. In addition, the authors establish nutritional guidelines for bone health in all ages and make recommendations on how to maximize and maintain bone health through nutrition, exercise, and exposure to the sun.
Authoritative and cutting-edge, Nutrition and Bone Health not only illuminates how nutrition, exercise, environmental factors, and drugs affect bone health, but also serves as a critical guide for all healthcare professionals needing to apply this knowledge in their daily practice.


Calcium Fluor Nutrition Phosphor Vitamin A Vitamin D Vitamin K bone health genetics megnesium metabolism physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael F. Holick
    • 1
  • Bess Dawson-Hughes
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Dermatology, Physiology, and BiophysicsBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Human Nutrition Research Center on AgingTufts UniversityBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Nutrition and Bone Health
  • Editors Michael F. Holick
    Bess Dawson-Hughes
  • Series Title Nutrition and Health
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 2004
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-58829-248-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-61737-451-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59259-740-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 704
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Public Health
    Clinical Nutrition
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Public Health


From the reviews:

"A book for every medical library." - Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews

"Nutrition and Bone Health is a comprehensive book, containing 36 chapters … . Sixty-seven contributors from 10 countries participated in crafting the information in this thorough work. I particularly appreciated the chapters being divided into numbered sub-headings. This made it easy to take notes and locate material. … There is much in this sweeping work that will appeal to the nutritional gerontologist or geriatrician. … There is something in this reference for all health professionals, even policymakers." (Joseph M. Carlin, Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, May, 2006)