Warns of New Dangers in Taking Calcium Supplements

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“Until we have more answers to all the questions that these studies pose, it may be safer to stay away from calcium supplements yet continue to get calcium from natural food sources.” Mark Rosenberg, M.D.

In one of their recent health alerts, warned its readers about new research findings cited by ABC News World Report [Calcium Supplements Linked to Heart Attack Risk, May 2012], that reported calcium supplements were linked to an increased risk of heart attack. The risk is especially pronounced in postmenopausal women over 55, and older men, who have been taking calcium supplements to promote bone health and prevent osteoporosis.    

As reported by, the research was done by German and Swiss teams through the German arm of EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) and published in the British Medical Journal. The study [Calcium supplements with or without vitamin D and risk of cardiovascular events: reanalysis of the Women's Health Initiative limited access dataset and meta-analysis, M. J. Bolland, A. Grey, A. Avenell, G. D. Gamble, I. R. Reid.] echoed a similar study out of the University of Auckland, New Zealand completed a few years earlier [Calcium Supplements May Increase Heart Attack Risk in Older Women, British Medical Journal, January 2008] which had reached similar conclusions. resident medical expert, Mark Rosenberg, M.D., comments on the significance of the new research: “For years, doctors have been telling their patients (especially postmenopausal women and older men) to take their calcium supplements to decrease risk of osteoporosis. With these new research findings though, many doctors are holding off on telling our patients to take calcium supplements. The problem seems to lie in the fact that taking a 1200-1500 mg dose of calcium all at once is much different than absorbing calcium from food in smaller doses throughout the day. The larger dose of calcium, a heart-function regulating electrolyte, upsets the delicate balance of other electrolytes and their effect on the heart. The findings of one study isn’t always the definitive answer, but two different studies that reach the same conclusion is clinically noteworthy.”

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