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Calcium Supplements Linked to Heart, Vascular Disease, Death in Men

Posted on Mar 11, 2013

Highlights of this study include:

• A growing body of evidence suggests that calcium supplements, and perhaps even dietary calcium, can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease.

• Use of calcium supplements among men was associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular death and death related to heart disease.

• Calcium supplements did not significantly affect the risk for cardiovascular disease death mortality among women.

•Calcium supplements are unnecessary among men and should be evaluated critically by the patient's physician among
women at average risk for fracture.

Find the study at:  Xiao Q, Murphy RA, Houston DK, Harris TB, Chow W, Park Y. Dietary and supplemental calcium intake and cardiovascular disease mortality: The National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;1-8.

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