Did you know?
Calcium and vitamin D are an important component to maintaining bone health. Many older adults do not get enough vitamin D from food or exposure to sunshine and some do not consume enough calcium through the food they eat. People who have osteoporosis and/ or who are at high risk for fracture, should consume enough calcium and vitamin D through diet or supplements.
How Much Calcium Do I Need?
|Daily Calcium Requirement (mg) (from diet and supplements)
|Pregnant/lactating women 18+
For all residents, we recommend dietary interventions to meet the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for calcium.
|For all older adults in LTC
|1200 mg daily through diet (3 servings of dairy or equivalent)
|500 mg supplements daily recommended
|500 mg supplements daily recommended*
|800 – 2000 UNITS of Vitamin D3
|800 – 2000 UNITS Vitamin D3*
*depending on resources and preferences
- Calcium and Vitamin D are important components of a fracture prevention program
- Calcium is best obtained through food (1200 mg daily)