Calcium Supplements May Increase Chances Of Heart Attack, Says New Study

August 1st, 2010 - 7:34 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
CalciumAug 1, (THAINDIAN NEWS) There is bad news for every person young and old who think that a calcium tablet can be considered as a supplement for calcium in their diets. A recent study released by a group of researchers in New Zealand reveal that not only do such calcium supplements not make up for the deficiency of calcium in one’s body but also lead to a greater risk of heart attacks in the people who consume such supplements. The risk of a cardiac arrest is greater in older people when compared to the young.

Dr. Ian Reid, the lead researcher in the University of Auckland’s Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences suggests in a statement that it is always preferable that a person makes up for the calcium deficiency in his body with food rather than tablets and such other supplements. Dr. Ian Reid laid stress on the fact that while calcium was a very important part of the everyday diet in a person, it is definitely not advisable to take components other than natural food to supplement the calcium content in our body.

The study which has been published in the July 30th issue of BMJ is the result of a research conducted on close to 11,921 people. The data derived from the research work showed that while the calcium supplements did not improve the chances of curing a bone fracture, it led to a higher risk of heart attack in people over the age of 40, the results recorded are irrespective of the gender of the person consuming the calcium supplement. However chances of death from the heart attack are not that high.

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