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Calcium Facts

on October 13, 2015

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Calcium needs vary with age. The Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies provides guidelines on the amount of calcium needed each day.

Recommended Daily Allowance in Milligrams (mg)

Life Stage GroupRecommended Daily Calcium Intake
Women and men 9 to 18 years1,300 mg
Women and men 19 to 50 years1,000 mg
Women 51 to 70 years1,200 mg
Men 51 to 70 years1,000 mg
Women and men > 70 years1,200 mg
Pregnant or nursing women 14 to 18 years1,300 mg
Pregnant or nursing women 19 to 50 years1,000 mg

Reprinted and adapted with permission from Tables S-1 and S-2, Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D, 2011 by the National Academy of Sciences, Courtesy of the National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.

Source: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00317

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