Do calcium and vitamin D intake influence the effect of cycling on bone mass through adolescence?

A Gómez-Bruton, Alex Gonzalez de Aguero, H Olmedillas, A Gómez-Cabello, A Matute-Llorente, C Julián-Almárcegui, J. A. Casajús, G Vicente-Rodríguez

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    Cycling has been associated with decreased bone mass during adolescence. Calcium (Ca) and vitamin D (VitD) intake are associated to bone mass and
    may be important confounders when studying bone mass.

    To clarify the effect that Ca and VitD may have on bone mass in adolescent cyclists.

    Bone mineral content (BMC) and density (BMD) of 39 male adolescents (20 cyclists) were measured. Ca and VitD intake were also registered. Different
    ANCOVA analyses were performed in order to evaluate the influence of Ca and VitD on BMC and BMD.

    Cyclists showed lower values of BMC and BMD than controls at several sites and when adjusting by Ca, Wards triangle BMD appeared also to be lower in
    cyclists than controls.

    Nutritional aspects might partially explain differences regarding bone mass in adolescent cyclists and should be taken into account in bone mass analysis as
    important confounders..
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1136-1139
    Number of pages4
    JournalNutrición Hospitalaria
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • bone
    • cycling
    • calcium
    • vitamin D
    • osteoporosis


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