Calcium Absorption and Achlorhydria

Richard Eastell, Uriel S. Barzel, Robert R. Recker

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To the Editor: Dr. Recker concludes in his article on calcium absorption and achlorhydria (July 11 issue)1 that if calcium carbonate is to be used as a prophylaxis against bone loss, it should be taken with meals. The hydrogen ion concentration of the test meal he used was approximately 1 μmol per liter (pH 5.8), and this would be enough to dissolve only microgram quantities of calcium carbonate. To test whether this pH was typical of that of a day's intake of food, I measured the pH of 15 samples of homogenized diets from calcium-balance studies; the pH ranged from.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1481-1482
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 5 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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