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24.10.2017 | Nutrition, Exercise and Lifestyle in Osteoporosis (S Shapses and J Lappe, Section Editors) | Ausgabe 6/2017

Current Osteoporosis Reports 6/2017

High Dietary Protein Intake and Protein-Related Acid Load on Bone Health

Current Osteoporosis Reports > Ausgabe 6/2017
Jay J. Cao
Wichtige Hinweise
This article is part of the Topical Collection on Nutrition, Exercise and Lifestyle in Osteoporosis


Purpose of Review

Consumption of high-protein diets is increasingly popular due to the benefits of protein on preserving lean mass and controlling appetite and satiety. The paper is to review recent clinical research assessing dietary protein on calcium metabolism and bone health.

Recent Findings

Epidemiological studies show that long-term, high-protein intake is positively associated with bone mineral density and reduced risk of bone fracture incidence. Short-term interventional studies demonstrate that a high-protein diet does not negatively affect calcium homeostasis. Existing evidence supports that the negative effects of the acid load of protein on urinary calcium excretion are offset by the beneficial skeletal effects of high-protein intake.


Future research should focus on the role and the degree of contribution of other dietary and physiological factors, such as intake of fruits and vegetables, in reducing the acid load and further enhancing the anabolic effects of protein on the musculoskeletal system.

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