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Associations of total, dairy, and meat protein with markers for bone turnover in healthy, prepubertal boys

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We previously reported that high intake of milk, but not meat, equal in protein content, increased serum insulin-like growth factor-I (sIGF-I) in prepubertal boys. sIGF-I plays a key role in bone metabolism. Therefore, the aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate associations of total, dairy, and meat protein intake with markers for bone turnover and sIGF-I in prepubertal, healthy boys (n ¼ 81). We measured bone turnover (enzyme-linked immunoassay) in serum osteocalcin (sOC), bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (sBAP), and C-terminal telopeptide of collagen type-I (sCTX); dietary intake was estimated from a 3-d weighed food record. sIGF-I and its binding protein-3 were assessed (immunoassay) in a subgroup of 56 boys. All statistical models included effects of age, BMI, and energy intake. Dairy protein was negatively associated with sOC (P ¼ 0.05) but not significantly associated with sBAP and sCTX. Further analyses showed that dairy protein decreased (P ¼ 0.05) sOC at a high meat protein intake (.0.8 g/kg), whereas meat protein increased (P ¼ 0.03) sOC at a low dairy protein intake (,0.4 g/kg). Total and meat protein intake was positively associated with sBAP (P # 0.04) but not significantly associated with sOC and sCTX. Free sIGF-I was positively associated with total (P , 0.01) and dairy (P ¼ 0.06) protein but not with meat protein. Our results indicate that dairy and meat protein may exhibit a distinct regulatory effect on different markers for bone turnover. Future studies should focus on differential effects of dairy and meat protein on bone health during growth.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Nutrition
Vol/bind137
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)930-934
Antal sider5
ISSN0022-3166
StatusUdgivet - 2007

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