The British Medical Journal:Heart recently (2012) published results from the EPIC study showing a correlation between high calcium intake and myocardial infarction, after following a large population European population for an 11-year period (all participants were free from heart disease at the beginning of the study). A meta-analysis published previously (BMJ 2010) also showed a small correlation between higher calcium intake and risk of myocardial infarction. When evaluating these studies we need to keep in mind that these findings are correlations, not the results of intervention trials. However, some concern about over recommending calcium supplementation is likely warranted at this time, based on these recent publications. Future studies will shed more light on this issue. In the meantime I have put together some facts to consider when recommending supplements.
Recommending Calcium Supplementation: Some Facts To Consider:
As the research unfolds I will keep the recommendations as current as possible on this important subject.
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