The Story of Your Bones: Calcium at Every Age

The Story of Your Bones: Calcium at Every Age

 

How much calcium does your body need throughout your life?

 

There's no such thing as ‘too old’ or ‘too young’ for regular calcium. Since bones are a living part of your body, they need to be nourished every day to help support your body through all the stages of your life.*

No matter how many years ‘young’ you are today, calcium from Caltrate® and a healthy, balanced diet can help support your bone health.*

Browse the categories below to see your calcium needs at each stage of life.

 

Calcium plays an important role through each stage of life.

A healthy diet that includes enough calcium and vitamin D, to help optimize its absorption, along with weight-bearing physical activity every day, may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.*

 

Choose a life stage

  • INFANT/TODDLER+
    GROWTH SPURTS!
    Growing (and learning) is a full-time job for infants and toddlers. They need the proper nutrients to help their bodies do just that.
    • Fact: These are the prime years to set the stage for bone growth & development.
    • Action Plan: Create a stimulating, active environment — holding, touching, face-to-face contact & hugs!
    American Heart Association recommendation:  Toddlers should get at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity daily to help build strength. 
    + Caltrate® is not formulated for use in children.
  • YOUTH+
    TIME TO INVEST.
    Did you know? 90% of teenage girls between the ages of 12 – 19 do not get enough calcium from diet alone.**
    Just like saving for college from an early age, proper calcium is essential to prepare for healthy bones in later years. 
    • Fact: Maximizing bone mass early in life helps reduce bone loss and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later years.
    • Action Plan:  Sports, dance, summer camp—get them out and moving! Children & young adults age 9 – 18 need at least one hour of physical activity daily to stay healthy.
    • Calcium Requirement: Boys & girls aged 9 – 18 years need 1300 mg of calcium-rich food daily.
    + Caltrate is not formulated for use in children.
    **Source: What We Eat in America, NHANES 2005-2006; NHANES III. Chart: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • CHILDBEARING
    EXTRA NUTRIENTS FOR YOU & BABY.
    During pregnancy and breastfeeding, your body absorbs more calcium from food so your baby can build healthy teeth and bones.
    • Fact: If you don’t get enough calcium in your diet during pregnancy, your baby will take calcium from your bones.
    • Action Plan: Pay close attention to your nutritional habits during this time. Under your doctor’s supervision, supplements like Caltrate® can be a great way to get adequate calcium and vitamin D.
    • Calcium Requirement: Meet or exceed recommended dosage for Adults. Calcium needs will vary for individuals. Please consult your physician for guidance.
  • ADULT
    BONE HEALTH: A TOP PRIORITY!
    Around age 30 your bones stop increasing peak bone mass. That means, when you're not getting enough calcium in your diet, bone mass can begin to decrease±.
    • Fact: 81% of women don’t get enough calcium from food alone1
    • Action Plan: Get at least 30 minutes per day of physical activity. Weight-bearing activities like running can also help build bone strength. Focus on proper calcium intake, which may include supplementation with a product like Caltrate®.
    • Calcium Requirement: Healthy adults need 1000 to 1200 mg of calcium per day, depending on age. Consult your doctor to find out an appropriate supplementation level for you.
    ± A healthy diet that includes adequate calcium along with a lifetime of regular exercise builds and maintains good bone health and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Source: Code of Federal Regulations/Food and Drug Administration Approved Health Claim for Calcium, and Calcium and Vitamin D and Osteoporosis (21 CFR 101.72).
  • POSTMENOPAUSAL
    HORMONE CHANGES = NUTRITIONAL CHANGES
    Estrogen levels decrease to 1/3 of the normal level during this time. This change can have a significant impact on bone mass.
    • Fact: Bone loss is common during this age, making adequate calcium intake crucial.
    • Action Plan: Consider if calcium supplementation is right for you. Focus on physical activity to maintain bone density and strength. Watch your vitamin D intake too—this should increase to 800 IU per day to help optimize calcium absorption.
    • Calcium Requirement: Healthy adults need 1000 to 1200 mg of calcium per day, depending on age. Consult your doctor to find out an appropriate intake level for you.
     
    Source: Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institute of Health