Calcium Supplements: Are They Bad for Your Heart?

Calcium Supplements: Are They Bad for Your Heart? 18October

New research is now suggesting calcium supplements are bad for your heart (azhealthieststate.org). According to Today.com,

“People who took calcium pills were about 22 percent more likely to develop dangerous buildups called plaque in their arteries than people who did not take them, the new study showed.”

The study was conducted by several medical institutions, including Johns Hopkins Medicine, and was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“The study, in which 2,742 women participated, showed a 22 percent increase in the development of heart disease over a 10-year period occurred for those who used calcium supplements, even after other demographic and health factors were considered.”

The Mayo Clinic has reservations on this study stating:

“A 2013 study from the National Institutes of Health suggests there is an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular diseases from taking calcium supplements for men only. Other studies suggest there is an increased risk for both men and women.

More research is needed before doctors know the effect calcium supplements may have on your heart attack risk. The calcium supplements that some doctors are concerned about are generally those that contain only calcium.”

For more information you can consult your provider at the Wickenburg Community Hospital.

(photo courtesy of newsmax.com)

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