Menopause

Why Calcium Counts for Women

Menopause is a time in life when your body undergoes many natural changes. This usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, and can last for some years. Most women will experience changes due to menopause. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to help support your body during this normal process.

Just as important as the changes you feel during menopause are the ones you don't. Rapid bone loss can occur, which puts you at risk for osteoporosis. As your bone mass begins to decrease, calcium becomes even more important.

A healthy diet, regular exercise and supplements for calcium and vitamin D can help ensure you’re getting the most out of your bone bank, and also help reduce your susceptibility to osteoporosis.* Surprisingly, despite high public awareness of the importance of calcium in maintaining strong bones, almost 80% of women still don't consume enough calcium. That's why many doctors recommend a daily calcium supplement for their patients.

How Much Do I Need?

Women, 51-70: 1,200 mg/day
+ 600 IUs of vitamin D per day

70 and over: 1,200 mg/day
+ 800 IUs of vitamin D per day

There are things you can do to make menopause manageable. It begins with acceptance and opening up.
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*Calcium intake, when combined with sufficient vitamin D, a healthy diet, and regular exercise, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.