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Increased Calcium Intake Offers No Bone Benefits For Older Adults

October 24, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
For many years, physicians have advised older patients to increase their intake of calcium, either through food sources or supplements, to strengthen bones and prevent fractures. But two studies by New Zealand researchers now confirm that the advice was worthless: boosting calcium intake neither improves bone health nor prevents broken bones. Increasing intake of calcium and vitamin D – recommended for older adults by some guidelines – provides no meaningful health benefit and may increase the risk of adverse outcomes linked to calcium supplements. A balanced diet provides enough calcium and vitamin D for most people, they said.
Mark J. Bolland et al., "Calcium intake and risk of fracture: systematic review. ", BMJ, October 24, 2015, © Bolland et al.
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