Calcium

CalciumAccording to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Calcium plays an important role in building stronger, denser bones early in life and keeping bones strong and healthy later in life. Approximately 99 percent of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth. It is the most abundant mineral in the body, is found in some foods, added to others, available as a dietary supplement, and present in some medicines (such as antacids).

As mentioned above human body contains nearly 1.5kg of total calcium, about 99 percent of which is in the bones. Throughout life, bones are in a constant state of reformation as calcium is continually removed from and redeposited in the bones. Adequate levels of calcium are needed every day to ensure that bone mineral density is maintained. If people do not get enough calcium from their diet, the body will take it from bone structure, which results in a net loss on bone calcium.

Important tasks of Calcium in our body:

Inadequate Calcium leads to:

Recommended Daily Intake: RDA (as per IOM for calcium)

0–6 months 200 (mg/day)
7–12 months 260 (mg/day)
1–3 years 700 (mg/day)
4–8 years 1000 (mg/day)
9–18 years 1300 (mg/day)
19–50 years 1000 (mg/day)
51–70 years (male) 1000 (mg/day)
51–70 years (female) 1200 (mg/day)
71+ years 1200(mg/day)

People with special Calcium needs:

Rich sources of Calcium:

Did you know!

Higher Dietary Calcium and Magnesium Intakes Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Diet and lifestyles play a primary role in the development of diabetes. This study looked at over 60,000 Chinese women and their dietary intake of calcium and magnesium. The researchers noted that the higher the intake of calcium and magnesium the lower the risk of the participant to develop type 2 diabetes. This study supports the hypothesis that calcium and magnesium play a protective role in the development of type 2 diabetes. This is why I always recommend that my patients not only eat a healthy diet, but also supplement this diet with optimal levels of calcium and magnesium.

Villegas R, et al. Dietary calcium and magnesium intakes and the risk of type 2 diabetes: the Shanghai Women’s Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2009;891059-67

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