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How do my dietary needs change as I age?

F. Michael Gloth, III
Geriatric Medicine
Dietary needs change with age, and some nutrients need to be increased. For example, the calcium requirement for men and women jumps from about 1,000 mg a day before 50 years of age to 1,200-1,500 mg a day at age 50 and beyond. The Required Daily Amount (RDA) of vitamin D has been increased to 600 international units (I.U.) per day for people over 70, and the National Osteoporosis Foundation has recommended an increase to 800-1,000 I.U. per day for people 50 and older (compared to the 400-800 I.U. per day recommended for younger adults). Unfortunately, at the same time as these requirements increase, most people's intake of these nutrients actually decreases.
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