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U.S. Adults Must Improve Their Calcium Intake

by Savitha C Muppala on April 30, 2011 at 11:20 PM
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 U.S. Adults Must Improve Their Calcium Intake

A recent study conducted by researchers from University of Connecticut and Yale University analyzed data of nearly 9475 adults to find that majority of them are not getting sufficient amounts of dietary calcium.

Deficiency of calcium can elevate risk of osteoporosis as older adults.

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Jane E. Kerstetter, RD, PhD, Professor, Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut said, "Calcium plays a fundamental role in promoting bone health and forestalling osteoporosis. In light of evidence that energy intake declines with aging, calcium dense foods and calcium supplements become vital factors in maintaining adequate calcium intake across the lifespan. Encouraging calcium supplementation is an established approach to addressing this issue in the clinical setting—one that needs additional emphasis in order to promote more frequent and sufficient supplementation in meeting adequate intake levels."

The findings indicate that people must strive to increase their calcium intake to improve bone health.



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