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Men and Calcium Intake

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According to a survey of men, only 13 percent of males know the daily calcium recommendation for adult men, which is 1,000 mg per day (the amount you would find in three 8 ounce glasses of milk).

Being healthy was the primary concern for the majority of men (66 percent). other top concerns included: being happy (23 percent), being successful (4 percent), having a healthy intimiate life, (3 percent), having close friends (3 percent), and being creative (1 percent).

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The survey discovered that while most men (67%) believe they are getting the calcium they need, USDA food consumption studies find that only four out of 10 adult men in the USA meet current recommendations (as identified by the National Institutes of Health).

Men never outgrow the milk years. Even after the growth spurt ends in adolescence, bones continue to grow "inside" in strength and density until around age 35. After 35, men need calcium to slow the rate of bone loss and maintain bone density to help prevent osteoporosis.

Because bone mass continues to grow well into adulthood, men who believe the myth that they no longer need milk may not reach their full bone-mass potential, increasing their chances of developing osteoporosis later in life.

One out of every five victims of osteoporosis in the U.S. is male; one out of every eight American men over age 50 will experience a fracture. In the United States, 1.5 million men already have osteoporosis and 3.5 million more are at risk of developing the disease.

Men can help decrease their risk of osteoporosis by getting sufficient calcium in their diets, exercising regularly and avoiding bone-depleting habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol use.

In addition, men are at greater risk for high blood pressure than women until age 55. To help meet "heart healthy" guidelines, the American Heart Association recommends fat free skim and 1 percent lowfat milk for main sources of calcium. If you're not a milk drinker, consider supplementing.

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