How much calcium is recommended daily for menopausal women?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
After menopause, women should get 1200 mg of calcium each day. While it’s always best to get vitamins and minerals primarily through your diet, even pros like this young fella and question-answerer, Dr. Mike, need a supplement. And you won’t like me if I just told you to take calcium alone, so add magnesium to the list, too. Magnesium has gastrointestinal benefits of particular importance when taking calcium. Without it, patients complain of mucho constipation and bloating! Take 600 mg calcium and 200 mg magnesium once a day. Don’t forget that D3! It helps your body absorb the calcium. Take 1000 IU of vitamin D3 with your DHA or some other healthy fat. It’s fat soluble so it’s probably absorbed better by the body when taken with fat. So bone up on calcium.
Adequate calcium intake -- in the presence of adequate levels of vitamin D -- plays a major role in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease that can lead to fractures. In addition, calcium also appears to have beneficial effects in several non-skeletal disorders, such as high blood pressure, colorectal cancer, obesity and kidney stones. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, women aged 19 through 49 should get 1,000 mg of elemental calcium, and, to ensure adequate calcium absorption, 400 to 800 IU per day of vitamin D. Women 50 years of age and older should get 1,200 mg of calcium and 800 to 1,000 IU of vitamin D per day. Calcium is best absorbed from whole foods, or in supplement doses of 500 mg or less at a time, so split your 1,000 to 1,200 mg into two or three doses.
Tim Mcguire
Women in menopause should try to receive at least 1200 to 1500 mg of calcium through a healthy diet or supplements. This is an increase from premenopause. Talk to your doctor about your diet and if you need to add calcium in the form of supplements for bone health.

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