A 20-year-old male asked:
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is it necessary for a twenty year old to drink a certain amount of milk daily for calcium to safeguard teeth and bones? if yes how much is necessary?

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Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: You don't have to get it all as milk - other forms of dairy such as yogurt ,cheeses, etc are al good sources of calcium. Certain fish are also excellent sources of calcium. Nowadays, many other foods are calcium fortified - for example many orange juices are. You need 3-5 servings of calcium containing foods daily at your age for optimal calcium intake.
Answered on Jul 28, 2014
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Dr. Ellen Altenburg
30 years experience Pediatrics
3 cups: Purely milk and no other dairy or vitamins around 3 cups a day is what I generally recommend. I recommend vitamin with D & calcium to all teenagers & young adults.
Answered on Jul 22, 2014
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Dr. Ellen Altenburg
30 years experience Pediatrics
Provided original answer
I agree with my colleagues. In my reply, I was assuming there were no other sources of calcium or vitamin D in your diet...which is unlikely
Jul 22, 2014
Dr. Liesa Harte
28 years experience Family Medicine
No: There are other sources of calcium besides dairy! Many people have issues with dairy - could be lactose intolerance or even an immune response to either the casein and/or the whey. Dark leafy greens, broccoli, canned salmon with bones, white beans, dried figs, bok choy, blackstrap molasses, kale, black eyes peas, almonds, oranges, turnip greens, sesame seeds, and seaweed all have good calcium.
Answered on Jul 22, 2014

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