For women iron recommendation amounts drop from 18 mg to 8 mg for 51 and older. This is primarily due to the change in menstrual cycle, etc. So if you still are having normal periods, your needs will be higher.
Our SP Nutrition Tracker uses the nutrient amounts as would be found on a food label---which kind of lumps together adults of all ages and genders. So you won't see a change there based on gender or age changes.
Hope this helps-- Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
My understanding is that the iron requirements decrease after menopause (since no more iron loss due to menstruation), so age isn't as important as whether you are still menstruating. If I recall correctly, the recommendation drops from 18mg to 8mg per day, but I don't believe that the tracker "automatically" corrects for it. You will have to edit the iron goal to meet your actual needs.
You might also want to check to see if your calcium and potassium recommendations have gone up (I seem to remember seeing something about those increasing for post-menopausal women as well).
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