Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2006) 05, 367 - 374

Review article
Parathyroid Hormone and Physical Exercise: a Brief Review
Anissa Bouassida1, Imed Latiri1, Semi Bouassida2, Dalenda Zalleg1, Monia Zaouali1, Youssef Feki3, Najoua Gharbi4, Abdelkarim Zbidi1, Zouhair Tabka1, 
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1 Laboratory of Cardio-Circulatory, Respiratory, Metabolic and Hormonal Adaptations to the Muscular Exercise, 4002 Sousse, Tunisia
2 Laboratory of Physiology, ISSEP Ksar-Saîd, Tunis, Tunisia
3 Laboratory of Measurements Sciences and Functional Explorations, ISSEP Kef, Tunisie
4 Laboratory of Endocrinology, Biology Department, Faculty of Science, Tunis, Tunisia

Zouhair Tabka
✉ Laboratoire de Physiologie, Faculté de Médecine Ibn El Jazzar, avenue Mohamed Karoui 4002, Sousse, Tunisie
Publish Date
Received: 06-04-2006
Accepted: 14-06-2006
Published (online): 01-09-2006
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Parathyroid hormone (PTH) is the major hormone regulating calcium metabolism and is involved in both catabolic and anabolic actions on bone. Intermittent PTH exposure can stimulate bone formation and bone mass when PTH has been injected. In contrast, continuous infusion of PTH stimulates bone resorption. PTH concentration may be affected by physical exercise and our review was designed to investigate this relationship. The variation in PTH concentration appears to be influenced by both exercise duration and intensity. There probably exists a stimulation threshold of exercise to alter PTH. PTH regulation is also influenced by the initial bone mineral content, age, gender, training state, and other hormonal and metabolic factors (catecholamines, lactic acid and calcium concentrations).

Key words: Parathyroid hormone, physical exercise, calcium, catabolic/anabolic effects

           Key Points
  • Physical exercise can improve PTH secretion.
  • Parathyroid hormone has both anabolic and catabolic effects on bone: intermittent treatment of PTH is anabolic whereas continuous treatment is catabolic.
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