Calcium and Heart Attacks

August 8, 2010 | Health Advice | By: Jennifer Brull | Tags: ,

There is new information about calcium supplements and heart attacks. A study that looked at over 11,000 women seems to link taking calcium supplements (500mg or more daily without Vitamin D) with about a 20-30% increase in the risk for heart attack. This is concerning for all women who are taking calcium to protect their bones from osteoporosis!

There was no increase in the number of deaths from heart attack, nor was there an increase in stroke. People who get their calcium from dietary sources only did not have the same link with increased risk of heart attack.

There is still more information to come on this research, as findings are preliminary only and the link has not yet been proven. And calcium is still very important to your bone health! Please talk to your medical provider about their recommendations for calcium intake. You can find a list of dietary sources of calcium here:  Calcium Rich Foods.