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Calcium Supplements May Increase Risk Of Kidney Stones Over Time, Study Finds

June 27, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who studied 163 healthy, postmenopausal women (aged 57 to 85) taking various levels of vitamin D and calcium supplements daily for a year found that a significant number developed a condition associated with an increased risk of kidney stones. A third of the participants developed high urinary levels of calcium (hypercalciuria) at some time during the study. These participants had 88 episodes of high urinary calcium. Hypercalciuria has been linked to an increased risk of kidney stones in previous studies. However, no incidents of kidney stones were reported during the study.
J. Christopher Gallagher et al., "LongTerm Calcium and Vitamin D Supplement Use May Be Linked to Increased Risk of Kidney Stones", News release, presentation at The Endocrine Society annual meeting, June 27, 2012, © The Endocrine Society
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