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Bone Abstracts (2013) 1 PP121 | DOI: 10.1530/boneabs.1.PP121

1Bone and Joint Decade, Saida, Lebanon; 2Lebanese Welfare Association for the Handicapped, Sarafand, Lebanon; 3Hammoud Hospital-Beirut Arab University, Saida, Lebanon.

Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the calcium daily food intake in Lebanese women living in South Lebanon, an under privileged area.

Subjects and methods: Assessment of calcium food intake was performed with a validated questionnaire in 290 female patients attending clinics in two main referral health centers in South Lebanon.

Results: The mean age of patients was 54.76 years and the mean BMI was 30.07 kg/sqm (S.D. 6.56 kg/sqm). The mean dietary intake of calcium in this study group was 632.78 mg/day (S.D. 286.02 mg/day), the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentiles were 397.69, 596.64, and 827.22 mg/day. The mean daily calcium intake was under the recommended daily amount of 900–1200 mg/day.

Conclusion: The study confirms the prevalence of overweight and low calcium food intake in women living in Southern regions of Lebanon, and this implies that the average need for exogenous calcium supplementation should be above 500 mg daily whereas health professionals should play a role to influence nutritional norms aimed at better health awareness.

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European Calcified Tissue Society Congress 2013

Lisbon, Portugal
18 May 2013 - 22 May 2013

European Calcified Tissue Society 

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