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How much calcium and vitamin D do older adults need per day?

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  • AF. Michael Gloth, III, Gerontology, answered
    Calcium and vitamin D intake might still be inadequate for many older people even if they take a multivitamin, because few foods contain sufficient calcium and vitamin D to satisfy dietary requirements. Although vitamin D can easily be obtained through exposure to sunlight, many of us don't get enough. Therefore, adding 500 mg of elemental calcium three times a day and at least 600 international units (I.U.) per day of vitamin D for older adults is recommended.
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