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Women Who Take Calcium Supplements Live Longer

June 3, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Though some research has shown that calcium supplements, which are good for bone health, may be harmful to cardiovascular health, a new study finds that a 1,000 mg calcium supplement taken daily actually lowers the risk of death. Researchers monitored 9,033 Canadians between 1995 and 2007. Nearly 1,200 participants died during that time. The data showed that women who took calcium supplements had a lower mortality risk than those who did not. The researchers said the same benefits were seen among women no matter what the source: dairy foods, non-dairy foods or supplements. No similar effect was found in men, however.
David Goltzman et al., "Calcium and Vitamin D Intake and Mortality: Results from the Canadian Multi-centre Osteoporosis Study", Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (July 2013 issue), June 03, 2013, © The Endocrine Society
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