Study links calcium supplementation to risk for heart disease

Calcium supplements are commonly recommended to the elderly and post-menopausal women for optimal maintenance of bone health. Previous research has reported that a higher calcium intake may lead to a decrease in risk factors for myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke, including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.


“In a country where vitamins and mineral supplements are used frequently, the findings of this study are quite timely.”
-Dorairaj Prabhakaran, MD, executive director of the Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi, India


Investigators in Germany followed nearly 24,000 female and male participants aged 35 to 64 years, for 11 years. During that time, 354 MI and 260 stroke cases and 267 CVD cases were documented. The study demonstrated that calcium supplements may...

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