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Most Americans Are Not Getting Enough Calcium

A staggering amount of Americans do not consume the recommended daily amount of calcium according to a study by researchers at the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut. The researchers published their findings in the April 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

For the study the researchers analyzed data on nearly 10,000 individuals who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2003 and 2006.

Using dietary questionnaires, the researchers were able to determine the average calcium intake of the correspondents. The researchers found that although calcium intake increases as we age, most Americans still do not get enough calcium in their diet.

They found that 51% of individuals over the age of 19 take a calcium supplement. They also found that approximately 20% more people in the 81 and over age group take a calcium supplement, compared to those in the 19-30 age group.

A lack of calcium can lead to various health problems, particularly osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a serious health issue characterized by low bone mass which leads to an increased risk of fractures. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 70% of women over the age of 80 have osteoporosis.

Additionally, calcium has been shown to help with weight loss, skin health, and reducing the risk of ccolorectal cancer and stroke. Some studies have even suggested that calcium intake is associated with longevity.

You can get more calcium in your diet by taking a supplement or eating more calcium rich foods such as cheese, yogurt and milk.

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