The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that adult men and women get 1,000 to 1,200 mg of calcium daily.
The best sources of calcium are those you get from your diet (milk, cheese, cottage cheese and yogurts).
Each serving of dairy products contains about 300 mg of calcium. There are many other calcium-fortified foods and drinks.
National surveys show that most women and young girls consume less than half of their daily requirement. Since maximum bone density is achieved by age 30-50, this is important for young women, not just menopausal women.
The goal should be to prevent osteoporosis, by achieving and then maintaining maximum bone density.
For those women who do not consume adequate dietary calcium, good calcium supplements are available.
Recent studies have shown that dietary supplementation with both calcium and vitamin D also decreases your lifetime risk for colon cancer.A discussion of calcium intake and other preventative health issues should be an important part of your next annual physical exam.
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