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Higher Intake Of Calcium Among Men Increases Risk Of Death From Cardiovascular Disease

February 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Men are at much higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) when taking greater amounts of supplemental calcium, according to a prospective U.S. study that analyzed diet and health data collected on 388,000 middle-aged men and women. The greater risk was not found among women, however. After an average of 12 years of follow-up, 51 percent of men and 70 percent of women were found to have taken calcium supplements. Men who took more than 1,000 mg/day of supplemental calcium had a significantly increased risk of total CVD death, especially from heart disease.
Xiao Q et al., "Dietary and Supplemental Calcium Intake and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality", JAMA Internal Medicine, February 04, 2013, © American Medical Association
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