No matter our age we need to be mindful of our bone health. We may not be at a high risk for osteoporosis based on some of the risk factors, those we can and cannot control, but as numerous studies have cited, we lose calcium as we age and we all are at risk for brittle bones. This becomes especially true for women who are pregnant or nursing; their bodies need a very calcium-rich diet. Children who are still growing and developing also need to ingest enough calcium to help begin a healthy foundation for their bones.
Recently, we have learned that our Midwestern diets and lower exposure to sunlight have created a deficiency in vitamin D. Since vitamin D is important in helping absorb the calcium we need for better bone health, we would like to share with you some guidelines from the Institute of Medicine, National Academies and recommendations from our own Bone Health Clinic.
Everyone needs calcium regardless of our age, gender, and ethnicity. The guidelines for daily calcium intake are pretty easy to follow. Please note, the recommended intake levels for individuals 51-70+ are for those who are suffering from osteoporosis or have weak bones. Consult with your physician to see what you need to ingest based on your individual medical history and personal needs.
Recommended daily dietary allowance:
* Adequate intake is 200mg/day for 0 to 6 months of age and 260mg/day for 6 to 12 months of age.
** Recommended intake for individuals with osteoporosis or brittle bones.
To learn more about bone health or your risks for osteoporosis, please call our OAM Bone Health Clinic specialists at 616.459.7101