Report Finds Majority of People Are Calcium Deficient
The International Osteoporosis Foundation released a report on World Osteoporosis Day that found that 89% of the people who used the new IOF Calcium Calculator were calcium deficient.
The IOF Calcium Calculator is based on Institute of Medicine recommendations and allows people to calculate their own approximate daily calcium intake, based on their typical weekly diet. At the time of the report, 6,908 people from 83 countries had used the calculator. Their data indicated that the average calcium intake was 594 mg per day. This is well below the recommended 1300 mg/day for people between the ages of 9-18 and the recommended 1200 mg for postmenopausal women and men over the age of 70, indicating that most people were calcium deficient.
The calculator also found that 89% of men and 90% of women were insufficient in their calcium intake. Only 11% of the people who used the calculator had sufficient calcium intake levels and 29% had previously been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia.
The International Osteoporosis Foundation released the report on October 20, 2015.
Calcium is best known for its effect on bone health, but previous studies suggest it can also help with weight loss, skin health, and reducing the risk of stroke. Some studies have even suggested that calcium intake is associated with increased longevity.
Calcium absorption decreases as we age, so it is especially important to make sure you are getting enough. Try adding more dairy products or start taking a high quality supplement if you’re trying to increase your calcium intake.