October 23, 2014
Women & Calcium Supplements
Wellness Tip

Women & Calcium Supplements

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

If you’re a woman who takes calcium supplements and is concerned about their safety, here’s reassuring news: A large new Canadian study has linked them to reduced mortality rates.

In recent years several studies suggested that calcium supplements increase the risk of heart disease, though this link has been much debated.

In contrast, the new observational study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that women who took up to 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day had a 22 percent lower death rate over a 10-year period than nonusers; factors such as age, weight and medical conditions were controlled for.

There was no statistically significant effect on mortality rates in men, with higher doses of calcium, or from vitamin D.