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Can Calcium Supplements Harm Your Heart?

By MC Kelby HERWriter
 
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A few years ago, my doctor in Chicago recommended I include calcium supplements in my diet because I suffer from lactose intolerance.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, lactose intolerance “is very common in adults, not dangerous and more than 30 million American adults have some amount of lactose intolerance by age 20.”

Adding the calcium supplements to my diet also brought me another kind of relief. I knew that my great-grandmother had suffered from postural kyphosis, which is also known as hyperkyphosis, and a form of osteoporosis in the elderly. Maybe calcium supplements would help me to avoid that.

Hyperkyphosis is also known as “dowager’s hump.” It has been theorized that the hunchback in the Hunchback of Notre Dame story may have suffered from some form of kyphosis.

According to Arthritis Today Magazine, “Millions of people depend on calcium supplements to keep osteoporosis at bay – especially people with rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory forms of the disease. For a variety of reasons, including corticosteroid use and limited activity, they are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis.”

Recently, a study conducted in Germany revealed calcium supplements may be bad for your heart. ABC News reported, “The study followed more than 24,000 German men and women between the ages of 35 and 64 who regularly took calcium supplements. Study subjects who relied completely on supplements for their daily calcium intake were 139 percent more likely to have a heart attack.”

Arthritis Today Magazine stated, “In this study, those who took calcium supplements – especially those who took calcium supplements only, and no other supplements – had an 86 percent higher risk of heart attack compared with people who did not take calcium supplements.”

Many postmenopausal women rely on calcium supplements. For example, a 2001 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics stated, “more than 60 percent of women over 60 take calcium supplements, up from 28 percent two decades ago.

Now, before you throw away your calcium supplements, consult your doctor.

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