Update on Calcium in Health and Disease
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 2090, 3100, 4120, 5130; Level 2
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.3.6, 10.4.4
This continuing education course examines the role of calcium in health and disease. It provides information to help RDs better assess client calcium status in relation to age and gender, help clients adjust calcium intake, and make appropriate recommendations for calcium supplementation.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
- Identify differences in calcium intake needs at various stages of the life cycle.
- Describe the role of calcium in bone formation and differentiate between bone modeling and bone remodeling.
- Define the advantages and disadvantages of at least two forms of calcium supplements.
- List five nondairy sources of calcium, including at least one appropriate for persons of a non-North American-predominant culture.
- Recommend appropriate dietary calcium intake or supplementation for a variety of intake preferences and health conditions.
- Counsel clients about the role of dietary calcium in kidney stone formation.
Kathleen Searles, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of settings including health care, education, and public health. She has a private practice in New England where she counsels individual clients and consults with private secondary schools and long term care facilities.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR