What are the current recommended levels for vitamin D and calcium?

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Vitamin D and calcium work together in your body, and the recommended amounts you need every day depend on your age, gender and other factors. The general recommendations are:
  • Babies from birth through 6 months need 200 milligrams (mg) of calcium and 400 international units (IU) of vitamin D.
  • Babies from 6 to 12 months need 260 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D.
  • Babies from 1 to 3 years old need 700 mg of calcium and 600 IU of vitamin D.
  • Children ages 4 to 8 need 1,000 mg of calcium and 600 IU of vitamin D.
  • Young people ages 9 to 18 need 1,300 mg of calcium and 600 IU of vitamin D.
  • Adults (both men and women) ages 19 to 50 need 1,000 mg of calcium and 600 IU of vitamin D.
  • Men ages 51 to 70 need 1,000 milligrams of calcium and 600 IU of vitamin D.
  • Women ages 51 to 70 need 1,200 mg of calcium and 600 IU of vitamin D.
  • Adults over age 70 need 1,200 mg of calcium and 800 IU of vitamin D.

Recommended levels for vitamin D and calcium are age dependent. Vitamin D is hard to find in most foods.

To prevent rickets, infants up to 1 year old should receive 400 international units of vitamin D. Infant formula can contain between 40 and 100 international units (IU) of vitamin D per serving.

Children and adults under 70 should receive 600 IU of vitamin D a day. Adults over 70 should received 800 IU of vitamin D per day to help prevent osteomalacia. Milk in the United States is usually fortified with 100 IU of vitamin D per serving.

Calcium, however, can be found in many foods, as well as supplements. Infants under 6 months old need 200 mg of calcium per day; infants up to a year old should get 260 mg. Children aged 1 to 3 should receive 700 mg per day. Children from 4 to 8 years old should get 1,000 mg daily. Adolescents aged 9 to 18 should receive 1,300 mg of calcium. Adults from 19 years old to 70 years old should take 1,000 mg of calcium, but women over 50 should up their dose to 1,200 mg. All adults over 70 should take 1,200 mg a day.

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