A study published in the online issue of the journal Heart has shown that taking calcium supplements may increase your risk of heart attack.
Calcium supplements are commonly recommended for post-menopausal women and older people to prevent bone thinning.
The findings are based on a study performed by one of the German arms of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study in Heidelberg. In the study 24,000 participants, who were between 35 and 64 years of age when the study began, had their diet assessed and their use of vitamin and mineral supplements recorded for an average of eleven years.
The study found, amongst other things, that those who took supplements regularly were 86 per cent more likely to have a heart attack than those who didn’t use any supplements, and that this risk increased further amongst those who used only calcium supplements.
This doesn’t mean you should stop taking calcium if it has been recommended by your doctor, as brittle bones can also be a health hazard, but you may want to ask your GP about it next time you see him or her.
Read the more extensive article Calcium supplements linked to significantly increased heart attack risk at the ScienceDaily website.