Age considerations in nutrient needs for bone health: older adults

J Am Coll Nutr. 1996 Dec;15(6):575-8. doi: 10.1080/07315724.1996.10718632.


Current knowledge of the relation between nutrition and bone health in the elderly is sufficient, if applied, to lead to a reduction in fractures in the aged of from 30-60%. The critical nutrients are calcium and vitamin D, and possibly phosphate as well. Additionally, nutritional measures, especially protein repletion, dramatically improve outcomes from hip fracture. Fortunately the indicated interventions have a favorable cost-benefit relationship, especially when skim milk is used as the source of the needed nutrients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Bone and Bones / injuries
  • Bone and Bones / physiology*
  • Calcium / administration & dosage
  • Dietary Proteins / administration & dosage
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nutritional Requirements*
  • Phosphorus / administration & dosage
  • Vitamin D / administration & dosage


  • Dietary Proteins
  • Vitamin D
  • Phosphorus
  • Calcium