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Calcium and Magnesium Metabolism in Early Life


ISBN10: 849346134
ISBN13: 9780849346132

Publisher: CRC Press

Price: $229.95
Pages: 176
Publish date: September 1995

A timely summary of the state of knowledge of calcium and bone metabolism in early life An introduction to the little known factors influencing peak bone mass in early life -a major determinant of osteoporosis A description of the major changes in calcium metabolism during lactation and weaning, a period of major influences and significant adjustments in physiology The association between calcium intake and hypertension during pregnancy A unique series of articles that span calcium metabolism from pregnancy, placenta, lactation, the neonate, to the infant in early childhood This exciting new book introduces emerging concepts of the physiology and pathophysiology of mineral metabolism. Fetal, neonatal and infant growth challenge the mineral homeostatic system in a remarkable manner, and the interplay of genetics, hormone responses, nutrition and external physical stresses allow an interesting and complex array of interactions. Pregnancy, or lactation parcticularly, provides another view of mineral metabolism, a view from the organism that sacrifices its own mineral metabolism to advance the mineral requirements of the fetus and infant, respectively. New findings regarding dietary mineral requirements and hypertension in pregnancy are described. Significant adjustments occurring during pregancy and lactation allow the mother to maintain and possibly augment her bone mass. Calcium and Magnesium Metabolism in Early Life provides a stimulating introduction to the world of calcium and bone through a signficiant and critical portion of life.