Calcium doubles risk of death

High calcium intake more than doubles your risk of death

Calcium doubles risk of cardiovascular death

Women with diets very high in calcium are more than twice as likely to die as those women with a mid-range calcium intake. Those taking supplements are at an even higher risk of death.

Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden have undertaken a study of 61,443 Swedish Women, born between 1941 and 1948, over a period of approximately 19 years. The study was to test the association between calcium supplements and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

In the study a woman’s total calcium intake included supplemental calcium. Information was obtained from women on menopausal status, hormone replacement therapy, weight, height, smoking habits, physical activity and education level.

Over the 19-year period 17 per cent of the women died. Thirty-two per cent died from cardiovascular disease, 16 per cent from heart disease and 8 per cent from stroke. The highest rates of death overall, as well as death caused by cardiovascular and heart disease, were observed in those who had a dietary calcium intake higher than 1400mg per day. There were also higher death rates in women with an intake below 600mg per day.

Women who took more than 1400mg per day, who also used supplements, had a higher death rate than those not taking supplements. All women with a calcium intake of more than 1500mg per day were more than twice as likely to die than women with an intake of 600–900mg per day.

Read the original report at the ScienceDaily website



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    8th Mar 2013
    6:07pm
    Honestly.. when will our diet ever be right? Here we are being told on the one hand to take extra calcium, particularly as we age to improve our bone density and then we're told that we may die sooner if we take the extra!
    Penqueen1949
    8th Mar 2013
    8:36pm
    I agree with you Pip. I think if we took notice of everything about which diet is best then we would be too afraid to eat.... I take calcium in my multivitamin mineral capsule minus the iron. I also take fish oil and Vit D. No red meat for me as I have a defective gene that stops my body from excreting excess iron so I am at risk for heart problems.
    It seems to me that the study undertaken is far too simplistic. I bet they did not take every woman's family health history into consideration.
    Penqueen1949
    8th Mar 2013
    8:36pm
    I agree with you Pip. I think if we took notice of everything about which diet is best then we would be too afraid to eat.... I take calcium in my multivitamin mineral capsule minus the iron. I also take fish oil and Vit D. No red meat for me as I have a defective gene that stops my body from excreting excess iron so I am at risk for heart problems.
    It seems to me that the study undertaken is far too simplistic. I bet they did not take every woman's family health history into consideration.
    Nan Norma
    8th Mar 2013
    7:16pm
    How are you twice s likely to die when we all die.
    didi
    8th Mar 2013
    7:23pm
    I agree with Pip - due to osteoporosis I take a calcium with Vit D supplement twice a day and fall within that birth date range - oh well another thing to check with my GP!!
    Young Simmo
    8th Mar 2013
    7:25pm
    If in doubt, have another Stout.
    Penqueen1949
    8th Mar 2013
    8:39pm
    Now that would really do my head in with my chemical sensitivities and balance problems from reoccurring middle ear infections. I don't need to be tipsy to feel that way....my lack of balance does it for me. :-)


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