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Calcium suppplement and cardiovascular risk: 5 years on.

High intake of calcium supplements may promote the development of adverse cardiovascular events, such as stroke and myocardial infarction.

This research work examined the relationship between the consumption of calcium supplements and cardiovascular risk. Researchers reviewed data and evidence obtained from several studies. They observed that high intake of calcium supplements with or without Vitamin D slightly reduced total fracture risk but is linked with high incidence of kidney stones, acute gastrointestinal events, and cardiovascular events, such as myocardial infarction and stroke. However, dietary calcium was found to have no significant effect on cardiovascular disease and fracture risk. The findings of this review show that high consumption of calcium supplements may elevate cardiovascular disease development and progression risk.

Research Summary Information

  • 2013
  • Mark J. Bolland, Andrew Grey, and Ian R. Reid
  • Mark J. Bolland, Bone and Joint Research Group, Department of Medicine, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, 1142, New Zealand
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
  • Yes. Source of funding disclosure found
  • This work was supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the University of Auckland School of Medicine Foundation. MB is the recipient of a Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship.
  • No. Potential conflicts disclosure not found
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