THE STORY OF YOUR BONES: CALCIUM AT EVERY AGE
HOW MUCH CALCIUM DOES YOUR BODY NEED THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE?
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
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
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.*