Excess dietary protein may not adversely affect bone

Robert P. Heaney

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1054-1057
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nutrition
Volume128
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1998

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Dietary Proteins
dietary protein
bones
calcium
Bone and Bones
Skeleton
Calcium
skeleton
Proteins
proteins
Dietary Calcium
protein intake
excretion
Population

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  • Food Science
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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Excess dietary protein may not adversely affect bone. / Heaney, Robert P.

In: Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 128, No. 6, 06.1998, p. 1054-1057.

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Heaney, RP 1998, 'Excess dietary protein may not adversely affect bone', Journal of Nutrition, vol. 128, no. 6, pp. 1054-1057.
Heaney, Robert P. / Excess dietary protein may not adversely affect bone. In: Journal of Nutrition. 1998 ; Vol. 128, No. 6. pp. 1054-1057.
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