Effects of estrogen on daylong circulating calcium, phosphorus, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, and parathyroid hormone in postmenopausal women

J Bone Miner Res. 1990 Aug;5(8):877-84. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.5650050812.

Abstract

We studied the effects of estrogen on daylong circulating levels of calcium, inorganic phosphorus, parathyroid hormone (PTH), and 1,25-(OH)2D3 (calcitriol) in a group of 10 postmenopausal women (68.5 +/- 1.4 years, mean +/- SEM). The study was conducted under strict dietary control, with mean calcium and phosphorus intakes of 845 and 970 mg. After treatment with conjugated equine estrogens, 1.25 mg/day, for 1 month, significant decreases in fasting (0800 h) serum levels were observed for calcium (9.09 +/- 0.08 versus 9.46 +/- 0.10 mg/dl, p less than 0.01) and phosphorus (3.38 +/- 0.10 versus 3.73 +/- 0.08 mg/dl, p less than 0.01). On the 0800 h fasting specimen, midmolecule PTH concentrations were higher (44.0 +/- 7.9 versus 34 +/- 8.2 pg/ml, p less than 0.05), but intact PTH was unchanged (28.6 +/- 2.7 versus 29.1 +/- 1.7 pg/ml) and a rise in circulating calcitriol (39.8 +/- 4.3 versus 31.6 +/- 2.1 pg/ml) was marginally significant (p = 0.07). When data represented multiple samples averaged over 7 and 15 h, significant estrogen-related reductions in serum calcium and phosphorus concentrations were observed. In addition, estrogen was associated with a significant rise in the daylong (15 h) level of calcitriol (39.4 +/- 4 versus 30.5 +/- 2.4 pg/ml, p less than 0.01). Daylong mid- and intact PTH concentrations were unchanged on estrogen compared to baseline values. No significant correlations were observed between changes in fasting calcitriol level and changes in fasting concentrations of calcium, phosphorus, or PTH. Further, the rise in daylong calcitriol concentration did not correlate significantly with changes in fasting or integrated values of calcium or PTH.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Calcitriol / blood*
  • Calcium / blood*
  • Calcium / urine
  • Circadian Rhythm / drug effects*
  • Creatine / urine
  • Cyclic AMP / urine
  • Estrogens / pharmacology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydroxyproline / urine
  • Menopause / metabolism
  • Middle Aged
  • Parathyroid Hormone / blood*
  • Phosphorus / blood*
  • Phosphorus / urine

Substances

  • Estrogens
  • Parathyroid Hormone
  • Phosphorus
  • Cyclic AMP
  • Calcitriol
  • Creatine
  • Hydroxyproline
  • Calcium