Dietary calcium and chronic diseases

D. A. McCarron, M. Lipkin, R. S. Rivlin, R. P. Heaney

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Abstract

The Agricultural Revolution was almost certainly associated with a substantial decrease in human calcium intake. Calcium intakes typical of contemporary humans may well be inadequate for many individuals. Various slowly developing chronic disorders such as osteoporosis, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and colon cancer may be induced or exaggerated by the current low level of dietary calcium intake in Western societies. We propose two hypotheses relating calcium intake to diverse diseases: first, the adaptation required to adjust to low intakes is inadequate to maintain critical components of cellular calcium regulation; second, the constant, forced adaptive response to low intake itself produces untoward consequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-273
Number of pages9
JournalMedical Hypotheses
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

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Dietary Calcium
Chronic Disease
Calcium
Hyperlipidemias
Colonic Neoplasms
Osteoporosis
Hypertension

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental Biology
  • Medicine(all)
  • Drug Discovery

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McCarron, D. A., Lipkin, M., Rivlin, R. S., & Heaney, R. P. (1990). Dietary calcium and chronic diseases. Medical Hypotheses, 31(4), 265-273. https://doi.org/10.1016/0306-9877(90)90017-9

Dietary calcium and chronic diseases. / McCarron, D. A.; Lipkin, M.; Rivlin, R. S.; Heaney, R. P.

In: Medical Hypotheses, Vol. 31, No. 4, 1990, p. 265-273.

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McCarron, DA, Lipkin, M, Rivlin, RS & Heaney, RP 1990, 'Dietary calcium and chronic diseases', Medical Hypotheses, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 265-273. https://doi.org/10.1016/0306-9877(90)90017-9
McCarron DA, Lipkin M, Rivlin RS, Heaney RP. Dietary calcium and chronic diseases. Medical Hypotheses. 1990;31(4):265-273. https://doi.org/10.1016/0306-9877(90)90017-9
McCarron, D. A. ; Lipkin, M. ; Rivlin, R. S. ; Heaney, R. P. / Dietary calcium and chronic diseases. In: Medical Hypotheses. 1990 ; Vol. 31, No. 4. pp. 265-273.
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