Calcium raises risk of heart disease in men
The fear of breaking their bones with a fall has caused a lot of seniors to take daily calcium supplements. But new research from the National Cancer Institute concludes that doing so increases the risk of death from heart disease for men.
Published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the study involved more than 388,000 participants aged 50 to 71 and followed them for a period of 12 years. Slightly more than half the men and 70 percent of women took calcium supplements. During this period, 7,904 cardiovascular deaths were reported among the men and 3,874 cardiovascular deaths among women.
The researchers concluded that men who took over 1,000 mg of calcium supplements per day had a 20 percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease death. The calcium supplements had no effects on heart disease in women, and calcium consumed through their regular diets did not raise heart disease rates in men or women.