Should Men Be As Concerned As Women About Calcium For Bone Health?

Question: Should men be as concerned as women about calcium for bone health?

Answer: We tend to think of osteoporosis as a woman's disease but in actual fact as men age a small percentage of them will develop osteoporosis; that's why calcium is an important mineral not only for women but also for men. In addition to calcium, vitamin D may be even more important and more important than we realized in the past.

Two supplements that may be worth considering for men as well as women is vitamin D, up to a 1,000 units a day, and calcium in the form of calcium carbonate, calcium gluconate or other sources, up to approximately 1,000 milligrams a day up to the age of 50 and 1,200 milligrams a day after that. This can help not only with bone health but may be beneficial in many other conditions as well.