Calcium Vital for Healthy Bone Growth in Teenage Girls
HA, 7 March 2002
calcium supplementation can significantly affect the development
of optimum bone mass in teenaged girls, according to research presented
today at the Fifth International Symposium: Clinical Advances in
measured bone mass in 179 Caucasian girls over a 7-year period beginning
when the girls were at least 11 years old and ending at age 18.
The girls received 1000 milligrams of calcium citrate malate supplements
each day. Current recommended calcium intake for girls aged 9-12
is 1300 milligrams a day. Bone mass measurements, obtained at the
beginning of the study and every six months thereafter, showed "a
significant positive influence of calcium on bone mineral density
of the forearm over time" according to the study.
support need for high calcium intake during adolescence
principal author of the abstract, Velimir Matkovich, MD, PhD, director
of the Bone and Mineral Metabolism Laboratory at Davis Medical Research
Center in Columbus, OH, noted that the findings were "preliminary,"
but that they "strongly support the need for high dietary calcium
consumption for growth and promotes the concept of the primary prevention
of osteoporosis through high peak bone mass formation."
importance of calcium and exercise for healthy bone development
in young girls was also affirmed by Saralyn Mark, MD, Senior Medical
Advisor to the Office of Women's Health. Dr. Mark told attendees,
"Only about 10 percent of young girls in the nation get the calcium
they need each day. Since about 98 percent of the human skeleton
is complete by the age of 20, it is vital that young girls and boys
get enough calcium and daily exercise to assure the strongest possible
The National Osteoporosis Foundation
National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is the leading nonprofit,
voluntary health organization dedicated to promoting lifelong bone
health in order to reduce the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis
and associated fractures, while working to find a cure for the disease
through programs of research, education and advocacy.
Fifth International Symposium: Clinical Advances in Osteoporosis
was hosted by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), the Asian-Pacific
Osteoporosis Foundation (APOF) and the Sociedad Iberoamericana de
Osteologia y Metabolismo Mineral (SIBOMM), and was held March 6-9,
2002 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Osteoporosis Foundation, via PR Newswire, 7 March 2002.