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How much vitamin D should I get per day?

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Daily vitamin D needs:

  • 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day from age 1 through age 70
  • 800 IU daily after age 70

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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