How much calcium do older adults need for good bone health?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The calcium needs of adults become greater as they age. This is due, in part, to the fact that older adults are more prone to developing osteoporosis, which is a condition caused by weakened bones. Experts recommend that most people over age 50 get about 1200 mg of calcium daily. To meet your calcium needs, eat a balanced diet that includes low- and non-fat dairy products and green leafy vegetables. Other good sources of calcium include salmon, corn tortillas, and almonds. Check nutrition labels to find out how much calcium is in certain food products.

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