Haddenham

Risks from Calcium Supplements?

Home » News » Risks from Calcium Supplements?
Calcium_supplements 04
Calcium_supplements 02

Wisdom of taking high dose calcium supplements? A new study casts further doubts.

After years of being urged to take calcium supplements to help strengthen our bones and prevent osteoporosis, we've recently learned those pills may adversely affect our heart and blood vessels.

A new study, published this month in the British Medical Journal, found that those who took high dose calcium supplements had an increased risk of suffering a heart attack.

The report concludes that "high intakes of calcium in women are associated with higher death rates from all causes and cardiovascular disease, but not from stroke".

These latest research findings support earlier reports that high dose calcium supplements are associated with increased risks of cardiovascular disease, and that these may outweigh the modest benefits of calcium supplements on bone density and fracture prevention.

The study did not find a simple dose-related relationship, but it was clear that taking over 1400mg per day (compared with intakes of between 600 and 1000 mg/day) was associated with higher death rates from all causes, cardiovascular disease, and ischaemic heart disease.

Most dieticians would advise women to ensure that they maintain healthy intakes of calcium by means of a balanced diet — i.e. one that includes calcium-rich foods like those shown in the photograph. Exposure to sunlight is also important, as this helps the body synthesise Vitamin D, which plays an important part in the way our bodies are able to absorb and utilise calcium.

Those individuals who are currently taking supplements that provide more than 1000mg per day might wish to consider reducing this level of calcium intake.

Those readers with a strong scientific interest might wish to access the full research report here.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Jonny Fillis
Haddenham Webteam: Sat 26 Nov 7:30pm

Last weekend Haddenham Baptist Church launched its Hat and Boots Restoration Appeal to raise funds for vital repairs to this unique witchert building. One week on, the Appeal has raised an incredible £7500! Baptist Minister Jonny Fillis said "I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported Ross and myself during our 90 mile Wychert Way walk, our Open Day and all our...

Electric Vehicle Club
Haddenham Webteam: Fri 25 Nov 11:45am

I'm delighted to say we'll be officially launching the Haddenham EV Hire Club on Saturday, 3rd December. You'll find our stall outside the Village Hall between 9am and 1pm, to coincide with the monthly Vale Harvest market. Come down and check out the car and we'll show you how easy it is to book, open and start, all via an app on your phone. You can sign up for free and...

Santa on Sleigh_transp 2
Haddenham Webteam: Fri 25 Nov 10:30am

Aylesbury Lions Club — Santa's visit to HaddenhamPlease note: the Lions Club always do their best to adhere to the published schedules but sometimes weather conditions or roadside parking constraints in the tighter areas of Haddenham mean that changes need to be made 'on the hoof'.Tuesday 29th NovemberWe are starting at the CO-OP, Pegasus Way at 6.00pmThe route will...