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Millions upon millions of post-menopausal women fight the possibility of osteoporosis with calcium supplements, but they may do more harm than good, according to a newly published study.
To investigate the possibility of harm, Dr. Ian Reid of the University of Auckland in New Zealand and his colleagues combined results from 11 randomized controlled trials of calcium supplements (without vitamin D, which is often given in conjunction with the supplements) involving more than 12,000 patients. They reported online Thursday in the journal BMJ that they found a 31% increase in the risk of heart attack and smaller, non-significant increases in the risk of stroke and death. While equal numbers of women received calcium or placebo, 143 of those who received calcium suffered a heart attack, compared to 111 who received a placebo.
This new information does not affect calcium ingested from food, which is highly beneficial. Next week, we will publish a blog post highlighting the best foods to eat if you’re after calcium.
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