Are Your Patients Confused About Calcium?
For a long time, we’ve been told that calcium consumption is not only good, but necessary: to build strong bones when we are growing, maintain them as we grow older, and reduce fracture risk. We’ve empowered ourselves by eating well, and counseling others to do the same. We’ve acquired the knowledge we need to keep our bones strong and make sure our children grow up strong. We’ve followed the advice of the U.S. Surgeon General (last updated in 2012) and learned some pretty interesting facts about calcium:
• Most people don’t get enough calcium, especially young people between ages 9 and 18, post-menopausal women, and men over 70, according to the National Institutes of Health.
• There are a lot of different sources of calcium supplements, and not all of them are the same.
• Calcium should be taken with vitamin D, because vitamin D facilitates absorption.
• The body can typically only absorb up to 500 mg of calcium at a time, so it’s a good idea to take calcium supplements twice a day.
NIH Recommendations for Adequate Calcium Intake from All Sources
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