A new study finds no associations between supplementing with Calcium and increase risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Over 6,200 women and men participated in the MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) cohort study. Participants ranged in age from 45 years old to 84 years old. Data was collected from over 6 sites within the United States. Analysis of the data from this study showed no impact of calcium supplementation on CVD event risks or heart attacks. Researchers identified 208 heart attacks and 641 CVD events over 10 years of monitoring this cohort. However, no association between these events and calcium intake were observed.
The safety of the mineral Calcium had been called into question recently. Even though there is a clear benefit for Calcium and bone health, certain medical journals reported adverse cardiovascular effects caused by too much intake of calcium in different populations leading to fears about Calcium supplementation. Plaque that forms in diseased arteries is mostly made up of Calcium. Some researchers speculated that was directly related to spiking blood Calcium levels with supplementation. This study supports the safety of this mineral.
Osteoporosis, often described as a silent killer effects over 9 million Americans according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. 48 million Americans have low bone mass which increases there risk for Osteoporosis. Calcium and Vitamin D supplementation could save over $1.08 billion per year in healthcare costs.
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