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Special Reports March 2018 Issue

Calcium, Vitamin D and Bone Health: Should You Take Supplements?

How many times have you heard the message that Americans—particularly older adults—need adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D for bone health? Major fractures of the hip or spine, often as the result of a fall, can send people to hospitals and nursing homes and raise the risk of disability and death. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends daily intake of 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams (mg) of calcium and 600 to 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D, depending on age.

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