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What is the recommended daily dietary allowances for calcium in different age groups?

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How much calcium you need depends on your age and gender. The recommended daily dietary allowances for calcium are:

1-3 years 700 mg 700 mg

4-8 years 1,000 mg 1,000 mg

9-13 years 1,300 mg 1,300 mg

14-18 years 1,300 mg 1,300 mg

19-50 years 1,000 mg 1,000 mg

51-70 years 1,000 mg 1,200 mg

71+ years 1,200 mg 1,200 mg

Getting much more than the recommended amount of calcium from food and supplements increases the risk of side effects, so it’s best to avoid taking too much.

From: Calcium: What You Should Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Draft Recommendation Statement."

CDC: "Calcium and Bone Health."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "All About Calcium Supplements."

Kuanrong L. , June 2012. Heart

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Calcium: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on August 07, 2018

SOURCES:

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "Draft Recommendation Statement."

CDC: "Calcium and Bone Health."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "All About Calcium Supplements."

Kuanrong L. , June 2012. Heart

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Calcium: What You Should Know."

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on August 07, 2018

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