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Does taking a calcium supplements increase heart disease risk? Does it damage arteries? Confused...thought Ca was good for us.

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Increases risk but..

Some very large studies have recently found increased risk of heart attack in men & women & increased risk of death from heart disease in men taking calcium suups.
It is thought that calcium supps can increase calcium deposits in the arteries. However, calcium helps with osteoporosis & taking vit k with calcium should prevent this problem. See <a href="http://www.Medscape.Com/viewarticle/779420"

In brief: Increases risk but..

Some very large studies have recently found increased risk of heart attack in men & women & increased risk of death from heart disease in men taking calcium suups.
It is thought that calcium supps can increase calcium deposits in the arteries. However, calcium helps with osteoporosis & taking vit k with calcium should prevent this problem. See <a href="http://www.Medscape.Com/viewarticle/779420"
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Dr. Randy Baker
It is certainly possible to get adequate calcium from a healthy diet. People think of dairy as the best source but leafy greens are an even better source: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=45 Vitamin K helps make sure that calcium winds up in your bones rather than your arteries. See http://www.lef.org/magazine/2008/3/Protecting-Bone-And-Arterial-Health-With-Vitamin-K2/Page-01
Dr. Harinder Gill
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Calcium

There is no evidence that simply taking calcium in a typical supplemental form does anybody good.
There is suspicion and some data to show that doing so accelerates pathologic calcification in inflammatory conditions,so be careful and be informed.Sometimes simplistic notions are flawed, this may apply to calcium (and other OTC) supplements used to seek immortality(!)

In brief: Calcium

There is no evidence that simply taking calcium in a typical supplemental form does anybody good.
There is suspicion and some data to show that doing so accelerates pathologic calcification in inflammatory conditions,so be careful and be informed.Sometimes simplistic notions are flawed, this may apply to calcium (and other OTC) supplements used to seek immortality(!)
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