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Nutrition. 2002 Oct;18(10):849-52.

Calcium and bone metabolism during space flight.

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1
Human Adaptation and Countermeasures Office, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas 77058, USA. scott.m.smith1@jsc.nasa.gov
2
NASA JSC

Abstract

Weightlessness induces bone loss. Understanding the nature of this loss and developing means to counteract it are significant challenges to potential human exploration missions. This article reviews the existing information from studies of bone and calcium metabolism conducted during space flight. It also highlights areas where nutrition may play a specific role in this bone loss, and where countermeasures may be developed to mitigate that loss.

PMID:
12361777
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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