Too little protein is always harmful for the skeleton. Increasing dietary protein increases endogenous calcium excretion. The ability to adapt depends upon the adequacy of an individual's calcium intake. At a population level, the effect of protein is often minimized because calcium intake rises with increasing protein intake. A dietary calcium-to-protein ratio ≤20:1 (mg:g) probably provides adequate protection for the skeleton. Excess protein will not harm the skeleton if the calcium intake is adequate.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Nutrition and Dietetics