Conclusions of a panel convened by the National Institutes of Health at the Consensus Development Conference on Optimal Calcium Intake, held on June 6-8, 1994, are published in the December 28, 1994, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The consensus statement was developed by a 15-member independent panel composed of biomedical researchers, health professionals, and representatives of the public. The panel was chaired by Dr. John Bilezikian, chief of endocrinology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.
The consensus panel based their recommendations on a review of the recent medical literature on calcium intake and health status, 1½ days of presentations by experts from many different fields, and audience discussion. The consensus statement, drafted at the end of the conference, addresses the following questions:
A brief version of the conclusions is attached. The NIH Consensus Development Conference on Optimal Calcium Intake was sponsored by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and the NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research
Conclusions of the Consensus Panel on Optimal Calcium Intake
The consensus panel summarized its conclusions as follows:
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