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    New Recommendations for Calcium and Vitamin D Intake: Institute of Medicine Report includes Significant Evidence on Bone Health

    Date: November 30, 2010


    Contact:
    Douglas Fesler
    ASBMR
    + 1 202-367-1161
    dfesler@asbmr.org

    WASHINGTON, November 30, 2010 - A new report released today by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) provides important new guidelines for calcium and vitamin D intake, with the strongest and most comprehensive evidence in the report related to bone health.  Together, calcium and vitamin D help children develop strong, healthy bones, and in older adults, they help protect from osteoporosis, bone fractures and breaks. 

    The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) supports the IOM recommendations that most adults 19 years of age and older require about 600-800 International Units (IUs) of vitamin D daily and 1000-1200 mg of calcium daily through food and with supplements, if needed, with somewhat different amounts of these nutrients recommended for growing children (ranges depend on age and sex). 

    It's important for patients and clinicians to understand that excessive amounts of over 4,000 IUs of vitamin D or over 2,000-2,500 mg of calcium could have adverse health effects.

    Calcium and vitamin D are the most crucial, yet simple, first steps in promoting good bone health. The report's evidence clearly supports benefits of calcium and vitamin D for building strong skeletons and preventing fractures and bone loss; the IOM panel concluded that there was insufficient scientific evidence, particularly from direct clinical trials, supporting a role for calcium and vitamin D intake in preventing non-skeletal diseases.

    "This report provides important information for clinicians and patients of every age - from infants to the elderly. A diet that includes the right amounts of calcium and vitamin D is the simplest first step in promoting good bone health. These new guidelines will help clarify recent misperceptions about the benefits and risks of insufficient or excessive intake," said Sundeep Khosla, M.D., president of the ASBMR and an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

    The best sources of calcium and vitamin D are food - milk, yogurt, cheese, and fortified foods and juices. Supplements can help provide the full recommended daily amounts when necessary.  A one-cup serving of most dairy products contains 200-300 mg. of calcium. Gender, age, health status and diet impact how much calcium and Vitamin D a person needs and the available data can be confusing for patients and clinicians. The IOM recommendations provide important information for patients and clinicians and can be found online at www.iom.edu/vitamind

    For more information or to schedule an interview with ASBMR President Sundeep Khosla, M.D., please contact Doug Fesler at dfesler@asbmr.org or +1 (202) 367-1161. 

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    About ASBMR

    The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) is the premier professional, scientific and medical society established to promote excellence in bone and mineral research and to facilitate the translation of that research into clinical practice. The ASBMR has a membership of nearly 4,000 physicians, basic research scientists, and clinical investigators from around the world.