Calcium Supplement Raises Risk Of Heart Attack In Women

A new research study has shown that thousands Of Irish women taking calcium tablets to slow osteoporosis are doubling their risk of having a heart attack.

The research, published this morning in the online issue of the journal Heart, states that the supplements are neither safe nor effective and so should be “taken with caution”.

A large-scale study of 24,000 participants in Germany showed that the bone-related protective effect was modest, only about 10 per cent, yet the health risk showed itself to be enormous.

Women taking a combination of vitamins and mineral supplements including calcium were 86 per cent more likely to have a heart attack than women not using any supplements.

The situation was worse for women taking calcium supplements alone, who were more than twice as likely to have a heart attack, the study found.


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