Calcium and Heart Health

Nearly half of all Americans (43%) take calcium pills or supplements that include calcium…..often to defend against osteoporosis. But a new report may have some people thinking twice before they take calcium again.

From CBS News:

New research suggests that dietary calcium in the form of supplements, but not calcium-rich foods, might have a harmful impact on the heart.

The study couldn’t prove the supplements help cause heart trouble, but its authors believe the finding should give consumers pause for thought.

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 Today Show also put together a short video on the Calcium study. You can click here or on the picture below to watch it.

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Consumer Affairs quoted Dr. Erin Michos, associate director of preventive cardiology and associate professor of medicine at the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as saying:

“When it comes to using vitamin and mineral supplements, particularly calcium supplements being taken for bone health, many Americans think that more is always better. But our study adds to the body of evidence that excess calcium in the form of supplements may harm the heart and vascular system.”

The 10-year study analyzed medical tests done on more than 2,700 people to determine whether calcium supplements contribute to plaque build-up which has been associated with heart disease and heart damage. The results were recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Share your thoughts on this new study and its findings. Many people look to spend their golden years in Arizona and bone health is an important issue to many of them, so this new report could have a profound impact on people over 60 who live in our state. Generating dialogue around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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