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How well does calcium intake really protect your bones?

Posted September 30, 2015, 3:52 pm Beverly Merz, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch Ask anyone how to prevent bone fractures and they’re likely to answer, “Get more calcium.” Medical experts have tended to agree. For example, the Institute of Medicine advises a calcium intake of 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams (mg) a day for most adults. But in the last five years, we’ve also learned that calcium — at least, in the form…

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