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Increased Calcium Intake Does Not Lower Risk Of Osteoporotic Fractures Among Swedish Women

May 24, 2011: 08:33 AM EST
A Swedish study based on over 61,000 women, including a subcohort of some 5,000, looked at the association of calcium intake over a 19-years period and the risk of bone fractures, and especially hip fractures and osteoporosis. The study found that 14,738, or some 24% had a first fracture of any type. Of these, 3,871 suffered a first hip fracture. In the subcohort, 20% were osteoporotic. The risk patterns with dietary calcium were non-linear in that a gradual increase in calcium intake above that for the first quintile did not result in further reductions in osteoporosis or risk of fracture.
E. Warensjo, L. Byberg, H. Melhus, R. Gedeborg, H. Mallmin, A. Wolk, K. Michaelsson, "Dietary calcium intake and risk of fracture and osteoporosis: prospective longitudinal cohort study", British Medical Journal, May 24, 2011, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
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