Age-related changes affect vitamin D metabolism and increase the requirement for vitamin D in the elderly. Also there is an age related decrease in calcium absorption and a higher calcium intake is needed. Increasing calcium from dietary sources may be better than supplements, and requires increasing the intake of dairy products or other and calcium-fortified foods. Evidence suggests that vitamin D and calcium nutrition can be improved in the elderly by increasing the vitamin D intake to 800 IU daily together with a total calcium intake of 1000 mg daily. This combination is a simple, inexpensive strategy that can reduce fractures in institutionalized individuals by 30%.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Jun 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism