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A 26-year-old male asked:

As a young male,25yo (underweight-55kg),can i take 250 mg of calcium citrate everyday throughout life? without any risk of side effects/kidney stones. i want to keep my bones healthy. sometimes i skip milk, hence worried.my mother has osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Martin Tamler
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Ideal oral calcium intake is 1800 - 2000mg/day. Routine meals provide 100mg, thus 3 meals are 300mg/day. Additional calcium can come from dairy servings which typically provide ~300mg (milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, etc.). Other sources can be fortified foods (ie. orange juice). When falling short, supplementation is beneficial. Calcium citrate is a great choice. 250mg is a small amt and is safe.
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Dr. Eduardo Haddad
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Yes. This is a safe amount of calcium replacement to take.
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