Calcium Utilization in Young Women: New Insights from Modeling

  • Meryl E. Wastney
  • Berdine R. Martin
  • Rebecca J. Bryant
  • Connie M. Weaver
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 537)


Low bone mass is associated with increased risk of fracture or osteoporosis (Fig. 1). Bone mass increases with age to a peak that, depending on skeletal site, ranges from 16 years to the second or third decade of life. Subsequently, bone mass plateaus and then decreases gradually throughout life at rates of approximately 1%/year. Because bone mass is largely established during adolescence, osteoporosis has been termed a pediatric disease (Chesnut, 1988). One way to focus on improving bone health is to increase our understanding of calcium metabolism in young subjects.


Bone Mass Bone Resorption Calcium Intake Pool Size Peak Bone Mass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meryl E. Wastney
    • 1
  • Berdine R. Martin
    • 2
  • Rebecca J. Bryant
    • 2
  • Connie M. Weaver
    • 2
  1. 1.Metabolic Modeling Services, LtdDalesford, HamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of Food and NutritionPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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