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Special Issue "Calcium, Vitamin D and Health"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Interests: Bone mass; paediatrics, healthy lifestyles; cancer survivors; exercise; physical activity programs; nutrition
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It is well known that calcium is the main mineral in the body and it is involved in a variety of structural and functional roles in the body. Calcium is involved in neurotransmitter release, blood clotting and muscle contraction. In addition, intracellular calcium is involved in different cellular responses, such as cell division, contraction, endocytosis and motility. Calcium deposition in bones is an ongoing process that occurs throughout childhood and persists into adolescence, reaching its peak during the pubertal growth spurt. The scientific evidence suggests that prolonged insufficient calcium intake may cause important reductions in bone mass, and contribute to a greater risk of osteoporosis into adulthood. However, other nutrients are also involved in bone mass acquisition or preservation, such as energy and protein intakes, other minerals and vitamins (i.e. vitamin D).
Vitamin D can be synthesized in the skin, and therefore it is not strictly a vitamin. Cholecalciferol is both the dietary form and also the form synthesized in the skin following UV irradiation of the precursor, 7-dehydrocholesterol. The maintenance of calcium homeostasis is perhaps the most studied function of vitamin D. However, vitamin D has also been found to be involved in other biological processes, such as promoting cell differentiation, blocking cell proliferation, the induction of apoptosis, inflammation inhibition and the modulation of the immune system. Interestingly, the role of vitamin D as an independent factor for the prognosis of various types of cancer is under debate, as recently highlighted in a systematic review and meta-analyses and with in-vitro studies supporting the anticancer properties of vitamin D.
This Special Issue of Nutrients, entitled “Calcium, Vitamin D and Health”, welcomes the submission of manuscripts describing either original research (epidemiological studies or clinical trials) or systematic reviews and meta-analyses that examine the contribution of calcium and/or vitamin D to health outcomes throughout the lifespan.
Dr. Luis Gracia-Marco
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Nutrients is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
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- Sun exposure