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Calcium Supplements - are they worth it?

Nov 02, 2015

Recent studies suggest that increasing your dietary calcium does little to help reduce fractures and may do harm by increasing your chances of an adverse cardiac event.

Researchers reviewed 58 studies on calcium intake, involving 700,000 persons, age greater then 50, and found 74% of the studies did not show a reduction of bone fractures with increased dietary calcium. One study of 69,000 persons, mostly women, did show a slight decrease in total fracture and vertebral fracture risk.  In view of the second study showing increased risk of cardiovascular events one should be cautious wnen increasing the amount of calcium in your diet.

Please speak with your doctor before increasing your calcium intake.

NEJM JW Gen Med Nov 15 2015 and Jun 1 2011