Sould I Be Taking Calcium Supplements?

"Dr. Jack, I was told that I should be taking calcium supplements because of my age. What do you think?” Nora, a 52 year old, small, thin, pale Caucasian stared intently at her doctor. “I was told that I had small bones and was probably osteoporotic. Should I be taking calcium and Vitamin D?” Dr. Jack…

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High Calcium Intake May Actually Increase Risk of Hip Fractures

A newly published Swedish study of over 61,000 women who were followed for more than 19 years provides the strongest evidence to date that high calcium intake is not beneficial for preventing bone fractures. The exceptions are women with very low amounts of calcium and vitamin D in their diet. Women in the top 25 percent of…

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Strong Bones, but Weak Heart

A reanalysis of just over half of the women in the Women's Health Initiative Calcium/Vitamin D Supplementation Study has found a modest increased risk of myocardial infarction and stoke in those taking calcium supplements with or without Vitamin D.These researchers also found no relation between the dose of supplements being taken, and cited evidence from…

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Calcium Supplements Have Excess Risks

There is evidence that supplemental calcium may hasten vascular calcification and can raise the risk of heart attacks in otherwise healthy older women. An analysis of 15 double-blind, randomized trials with more than 8000 participants taking at least 500 mg of calcium supplements each day or a placebo, has shown significantly higher rates of heart…

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