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Study: No Connection Between Calcium Supplements And Cardiovascular Disease Risk

May 9, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Contrary to earlier published studies, there’s no connection between cardiovascular disease in women and calcium supplements taken to maintain bone health, according to a U.S. study. The researchers analyzed data collected from a cohort study involving more than 74,000 women who were followed for 24 years. During that time, there were 2,709 heart attacks and 1,856 strokes. Women who took more than 1,000 mg/day of calcium supplements compared with none, the risk for coronary heart disease and for stroke was about the same as for non-smokers, women without hypertension, and women who had regular physical exams. The researchers concluded that their findings “do not support the hypothesis that calcium supplement intake increases cardiovascular disease risk in women”.
J. M. Paik et al., "Calcium supplement intake and risk of cardiovascular disease in women. ", Osteoporosis International, May 09, 2014, © International Osteoporosis Foundation
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