Dr. Heaney introduces himself and explains the connection between calcium and vitamin D in bone health.
I am Robert P. Heaney. I am a physician. I am an endocrinologist. I focus primarily on bone biology and the things that go wrong with it, such as osteoporosis.
Calcium is the principle mineral in bone and if you don’t get enough calcium you either can’t make enough bone during growth or you tear down your bone as an adult in order to make up for what your diet doesn’t provide you. Now vitamin D comes into the story because vitamin D is necessary to help the body regulate calcium absorption so that you use your food calcium with maximum efficiency.
About Dr. Heaney, M.D., F.A.C.P, F.A.C.N.:
Dr. Robert Heaney is an internationally recognized expert in the field of bone biology and calcium nutrition. He has worked for over 45 years in the study of osteoporosis and calcium physiology, and has published more than 300 original papers, chapters, monographs, and reviews in scientific and educational fields. He is a frequently invited editorial writer for the major medical journals, including JAMA, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Annals of Internal Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, Metabolism, and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. He serves on numerous nutrition industry scientific advisory panels.
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