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D AND CALCIUM

FOR MANY, VITAMIN D AND CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS ARE STILL NEEDED, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Many of us can forgo yet one more supplement: vitamin D.  That’s according to the recent Institute of Medicine recommendations.  Ditto for calcium, with a range of recommendations based on age, but largely concluding that an adequate diet works for most.  Michele Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, says older people still need some help.

BELLANTONI: Some supplementation is recommended, but I would call it the Goldilocks approach.  Not too little, not too much, just right, and in this case just right would be a multiple vitamin that includes 400 to 800 units of vitamin D, or a single vitamin D supplement each day of about a 1000 units.  For those who are calcium deficient in their diets or have osteoporosis the benefits of calcium have been shown.  But for those who do not have osteoporosis too much calcium can be harmful, so again, just right.               :29

Bellatoni also extols the virtues of exercise and judicious sunlight exposure for many aspects of health.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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