The benefits of childhood calcium supplements — gains in bone mass, a significant, positive effect on potential peak bone mass, and lower risk of osteoporosis in later life — seem to disappear if treatment is withdrawn.

Researchers in Hong Kong studied 84 healthy 10-year-olds (48 boys, 36 girls) who had participated in a previous calcium supplementation study at age 8½ years. At that time, 44 subjects had received calcium supplements and 40 controls had received a placebo, with supplemented subjects enjoying higher bone mineral mass. Supplementation ended with the study.

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