February 13, 2013

Don’t stop taking calcium supplements without talking to your GP

Pills in handHigh intakes of calcium in women are associated with an increased risk of dying from heart disease, according to new research.

A Swedish study involving only women concluded there was an increased incidence of heart and circulatory disease in those with a high dietary calcium intake. It also showed there is an increased cardiovascular risk if a woman with a high dietary calcium intake uses calcium supplements, too.

And the results showed an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease in those with a low dietary calcium intake.

Maureen Talbot, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “This research does not prove that long-term calcium intake contributes to the onset of cardiovascular disease in women. However, the issue does warrant more research to establish if calcium intake can cause heart problems.

“Women need calcium in their diet to strengthen their bones and reduce their risk of developing osteoporosis. Calcium supplements are prescribed for a specific reason so you should never stop taking them without consulting your GP.”

The research was published in the British Medical Journal.