Journal Article

The Relation between Calcium Intake and Body Composition in a Dutch Population

N. Boon, L. L. J. Koppes, W. H. M. Saris and W. Van Mechelen

in American Journal of Epidemiology

Published on behalf of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Volume 162, issue 1, pages 27-32
Published in print July 2005 | ISSN: 0002-9262
Published online July 2005 | e-ISSN: 1476-6256 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwi161
The Relation between Calcium Intake and Body Composition in a Dutch Population

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To investigate whether dietary calcium intake is related to body mass index and the sum of four skinfolds among subjects in the Amsterdam Growth and Health Longitudinal Study (the Netherlands), the authors followed a cohort of men and women from age 13 years in 1977 to age 36 years in 2000. Longitudinal linear regression analyses were performed with generalized estimating equations in continuous and categorical models, with adjustment for possible confounders. Results showed that calcium intake during adolescence is a weak predictor of calcium intake in adulthood. In this population, only a slight indication was found of a weak inverse relation of calcium intake with body composition. No differences were observed between the middle (800–1,200 mg/day) and high (>1,200 mg/day) groups of calcium intake, suggesting a threshold of approximately 800 mg/day above which calcium intake has no additional beneficial effect on body composition.

Keywords: body composition; calcium, dietary; obesity; skinfold thickness; AGAHLS, Amsterdam Growth and Health Longitudinal Study; BMI, body mass index; S4S, sum of four skinfolds

Journal Article.  4011 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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