Are You Getting Enough Calcium and Vitamin D?

Many people are confused about whether they are getting enough — or maybe too much — calcium and vitamin D through their diets and supplements, writes Jane Brody.

An Institute of Medicine report from last fall concluded that “most people don’t need supplements of these critical nutrients and warned of serious health risks from the high doses some now take — including kidney stones and heart disease linked to calcium supplements, and the very falls and fractures that vitamin D is meant to protect against.” At the same time, reports one bone expert, “at least one-third of all osteoporotic fractures have a nutritional basis.”

Ms. Brody goes on to explain which foods are the best sources of calcium and vitamin D, who would benefit most from supplements, and in what doses and forms. Read the full column here, “Long and Short of Calcium and Vitamin D.

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