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TOO MUCH CALCIUM

ARE CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS SOMETIMES DANGEROUS?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Calcium supplements appear to be joining the category of ‘too much of a good thing,’ according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.  Michele Bellantoni,  a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, describes the findings.

BELLANTONI:  A recent study in the British Medical Journal found that calcium supplementation can be associated with adverse coronary events such as heart attacks.  It makes sense to some degree because inflammation in the coronary arteries is part of that condition, and where there are areas of inflammation in the body calcium can be placed in those areas of inflammation.  But it makes some sense that too much calcium used to prevent progression of osteopenia  could worsen someone’s risk of cardiac outcomes.  So bottom line is a balancing effect.  You want to well with heart you want to do well with the bone.  Individualized treatment program.   :35

So talk with your doctor about how much calcium to take as well as other supplements and medications you may also be taking.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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