A 39-year-old, premenopausal woman asks the nurse how much calcium is recommended. The nurse tells the woman to consume:


• Premenopausal women should consume between 1,000 and 1,200 mg of calcium per day.

• Less than 1,000 mg may not be adequate enough to prevent osteoporosis.

• More than 1,200 mg may be harmful and is not recommended unless pregnant or lactating.

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