Benefits of calcium supplements may be outweighed by cardiovascular risks
May 16, 2016
The usual prevention supplements for broken bones in older women include Calcium and Vitamin D.
However, a recent norwegian study emphasizes the fact that these benefits might be outweighed by the increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
This is especially true for women at lower risk of bone fracture, who take this supplements in prevention, more that pure necessity.
The researchers used an advanced analytical model to investigate risks, and it shows that risks of heart issues are almost doubled by supplements.
It is always good to question treatments that have been used for ages, even if the current models are simplifications, and can’t replace studies done on real people. Nonetheless, it seems quite reasonable to start considering alternate treatment for bones issues in older women.
Source : Hagen, G., Wisløff, T., & Kristiansen, I. S. (2016). The predicted lifetime costs and health consequences of calcium and vitamin D supplementation for fracture prevention—the impact of cardiovascular effects. Osteoporosis International, 27(6), 2089–2098. doi:10.1007/s00198-016-3495-9