February 04, 2013

Calcium supplements and your heart

Man taking medication A high intake of calcium supplements is associated with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease in men, according to researchers.

In a study of 388,000 over 50s, men taking more than 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day had an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, compared to those who didn’t take any extra calcium. This risk was not observed in women.

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Doireann Maddock, said: “This study seems to show a relationship between supplements and heart risk - but this doesn’t mean calcium causes cardiovascular disease.

“Calcium supplements can really help sufferers of bone conditions such as osteoporosis, so further research is needed to clarify whether the potential risks outweigh the substantial benefits.

“If you've been prescribed calcium, it’s important not to stop taking your medication. Make an appointment to talk it through with your GP if you have any concerns.”

This research was published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.