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Are you eating enough calories?

nutrition Nov 30, 2019

AUTHORS: Kathryn Adel, MS, RD, CSSD, LD and Janet Carter, MS, RD, LDN, CLS, CPT

Insufficient caloric intake can have serious consequences on the health of triathletes (both men and women) including an increased risk of injuries and infections, a decrease in bone mineral density and subsequently an increased risk of stress fractures, micronutrient deficiencies such as iron and calcium and decreased sports performance. It should be noted that the prevalence of eating disorders is higher among athletes than non-athletes and has been on the rise for the past two decades.

The absence of menstruation is a common condition among women athletes but is often ignored and considered to be a normal result of intensive training. It is, however, often caused by an insufficient energy intake that can have serious health consequences. The female athlete triad is first defined by three criteria: an insufficient energy intake, a decrease in bone mineral density, and the absence of...

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