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The Consequences of Modern Military Deployment on Calcium Status and Bone Health
MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER TACOMA WA
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We conducted a study to help better define the links between diet, environment, and bone health in soldiers in the desert conditions that most experience in current combat environments. The study had 3 specific aims 1 to determine the feasibility of quantifying sweat calcium loss in soldiers in a desert climate under conditions of intense physical training 2 to examine the effect of calcium loss on short-term bone health using biochemical markers of bone formation and resorption, and dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry DXA to assess bone mineral quality and 3 to describe the potential effects of self-reported exercise and dietary habits on bone health in soldiers.
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