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Monday, November 29, 2010

Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D, A New Report

The report “Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D” will be released to the public on November 30, 2010 at 10 am Eastern. The report release will be broadcast via live video webcast. 
If you like to watch the webcast, you need to register and that could be done by following this link, 'Register for this Meeting' The webcast will also be made available for viewing online about a week after the release.
At the time of the release, it will be possible to view the report online at www.iom.edu/vitamind or by linking to the website of the National Academies Press (www.nap.edu).  The report will also be available for purchase as hardcopy or as a PDF from the National Academies Press.
The last recommended level for those two nutrients was made in 1997 and since then various studies have found many benefits of Vitamin D and also have linked the deficiency of it to higher risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, infectious disease and other ailments.
With the push from various quarters like supplement makers, it is possible that the Institute of Medicine will raise the “dietary reference intake’’ for vitamin D. The current recommendations are 200 international units for people 50 and younger; 400 I.U. for those aged 51 to 70; and 600 I.U. for those 71 and above.
Then why is Calcium there? It is because one of the main roles of vitamin D is to help maintain the right levels of calcium in our bodies, therefor both of them are often considered together.
Institute of Medicine via NYT

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