Calcium and Vitamin D recommendations

Posted on June 15, 2011 12:22 pm CDT

The Institute of Medicine recently updated the RDA (recommended daily allowance) for Vitamin D and Calcium. They call for more Vitamin D and less Calcium through our daily diet and supplements. The new RDA for Vitamin D is 600 IU (international units) for people up to age 70 and 800 IU for those over the age of 70. For Calcium, the new recommended daily allowance is 1300 mg for adolescents, 1000 mg for women up to 50 years old and men up to 70. The RDA for senior adults is 1200 mg per day. It is recommended that you not take more than 2000 mg of calcium (through food and supplements) daily if you are over the age of 50. Too much calcium might increase the risk of kidney stones and possibly heart attacks. If you have any questions about the new recommendations or if you would like to talk with our pharmacists about your daily intake of Calcium and Vitamin D, feel free to give us a call.

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