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No association found between calcium supplements and increased risk of cardiovascular disease in women

Calcium supplements are widely taken by women for bone health. Previous studies have suggested that calcium supplements may increase risk of cardiovascular disease, but the data has been inconsistent. A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) did not find that calcium supplement intake increases risk of cardiovascular disease in women. The [...]

In postmenopausal women, vitamin D alone does little to protect bone health

While calcium supplements noticeably improved bone health in postmenopausal women, vitamin D supplements did not reduce bone turnover, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). Bone turnover is the body’s natural process for breaking down old bone. In young people, the body forms [...]

Bone loss in women with breast cancer may not be prevented by calcium supplements

Women undergoing treatment for breast cancer are widely prescribed calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent and manage osteoporosis, an unwanted side effect of breast cancer therapies. However, new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center finds that the recommended daily doses of these supplements may not prevent loss of bone mineral density (BMD) in [...]

Joint symptoms in postmenopausal women not reduced by calcium plus vitamin D supplementation

A team of investigators systematically analyzed the effect of calcium and vitamin D supplementation on joint symptoms in a rigorous and controlled study of postmenopausal women. They found that supplementation did not reduce the severity of joint symptoms reported by the participants. Their results are published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and [...]

In patients with kidney disease, calcium linked to increased risk of heart disease and death

Kidney patients who take calcium supplements to lower their phosphorous levels may be at a 22 per cent higher risk of death than those who take other non-calcium based treatments, according to a new study by Women’s College Hospital’s Dr. Sophie Jamal. The study, published in the Lancet, calls into question the long-time practice of [...]