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How much calcium should I get per day?

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Daily calcium needs:

  • Children 1-3 years old should get 700 milligrams of calcium a day.
  • Children 4-8 years old should get 1,000 milligrams per day.
  • Teenagers should get 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day.
  • Adults up to age 70 should get 1,000 milligrams per day. Women 51 and over should get 1,200 milligrams/day.
  • Women and men 71 and over should get 1,200 milligrams per day.

SOURCES:

The National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Calcium and Vitamin D."

Ethel Siris, MD, director, the Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York.

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: “Calcium Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet,” "Vitamin D Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.”

Bess Dawson-Hughes, MD, professor of medicine and director, Bone Metabolism Laboratory, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston.

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 31, 2018

SOURCES:

The National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Calcium and Vitamin D."

Ethel Siris, MD, director, the Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York.

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: “Calcium Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet,” "Vitamin D Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.”

Bess Dawson-Hughes, MD, professor of medicine and director, Bone Metabolism Laboratory, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston.

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 31, 2018

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