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Study Finds No Link Between Calcium Intake And Increased Risk Of Calcified Plaque In Arteries

November 7, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A study by U.S. researchers has found that levels of calcium intake from diet or from supplements have no real effect on the severity of calcified plaque clogging arteries in the heart, a predictor of heart attack. Scientists  examined 1,300  men and women with an average age of 60 for the study. They were asked about their diet and calcium supplement use, and underwent CT scans of their coronary arteries four years later. They found no increased risk of calcified arteries with higher amounts of calcium intake from food or supplements among the study participants.
Elizabeth J Samelson et al., "Calcium intake is not associated with increased coronary artery calcification", American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, November 07, 2012, © American Society for Nutrition
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