How much vitamin D is recommended daily for menopausal women?

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Menopausal women should get 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D every day, which is the daily recommendation for all adults, including women ages 19 to 70. After age 70, men and women need 800 IU each day.

As menopause approaches and a woman's estrogen levels begin to decline, it's particularly important for women to make sure they’re getting enough vitamin D, as well as calcium. The reason is that daily calcium needs increase at that time, from 1,000 milligrams for women up to age 50 to 1,200 milligrams for older women. Getting enough vitamin D is essential for menopausal women to effectively use dietary calcium to maintain bone strength and help prevent osteoporosis.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Vitamin D3 or the sunshine vitamin is one of those multitasking vitamins that are thought to protect you from osteoporosis, cancer, and possibly diabetes. It is also essential for calcium absorption, another super nutrient. Your skin makes vitamin D when it is exposed to sunlight. Spending at least 15 minutes outdoors every day is usually enough. Just make sure you’re not outside for too long between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., April through October. However, if you’re like me, young Dr. Mike and live in a cloudy place like Cleveland, the sun solution won’t cut it. While vitamin D3 is found in fish like salmon and is added to everyday foods like cereal and dairy, taking a supplement isn’t a bad idea. 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.


 

 

 

Women in menopause should try to receive at least 800 international units (IUs) of vitamin D each day through a healthy diet or supplements. As you go through menopause, talk to your doctor about your nutritional health and any need for added vitamin D. Your doctor can discuss how to increase vitamin D for better health.

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