Getting Enough Vitamin D
Vitamin D is vital for calcium absorption in bones and for improving muscle strength. People who do not get enough vitamin D have a higher risk for developing bone thinning (osteoporosis). Getting more vitamin D may help prevent falls in older people who are low in vitamin D.1 And some studies show that taking vitamin D may reduce the chances of breaking a bone.2 Talk to your doctor about checking your vitamin D to be sure you are getting enough.
Most doctors suggest daily vitamin D supplements for children and teens. The amount of vitamin D you need changes as you get older. Talk with your doctor about how much and what sources of vitamin D are right for your child.
The recommended daily intake is 400 IU to 800 IU for adults ages 19 to 50, and 800 IU to 1,000 IU a day for adults age 50 and older.3 You usually can get the amount of vitamin D you need each day by:
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