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Old 08-01-2010, 04:43 AM   #1
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Calcium and heart attack risk?

Now I'm floored. I've been taking calcium supplements for twenty years, now I hear on the news that the UK has done a study that calcium supplements can raise the risk of heart attack by thirty percent!!! What is this? I stopped them right away and am too afraid to take them now. What else is bad for us that I thought was good? I am so confused it's not funny.
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Old 08-01-2010, 02:46 PM   #2
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Hi Mary,
Personally I don't believe everything I hear on the news anymore! It's mostly fear-based and hyped up these days to get more viewers. Plus, much more studies need to be done to confirm this conclusion. Calcium is very important for aging bones, in fact, it's essential (i.e. Osteoporsis, etc.)! This is just my suggestion, but if you're afraid of a heart attack, take a baby aspirin (or 81mg) with your calcium. This will thin your blood and prevent clots, which is the primary reason for strokes and often times heart attacks. Another thing about Calcium is to not overdose, and to take it with food for better absorbtion.

If I were you, I'd do a little more research on this and perhaps even ask your doctor. If I listened to everything that's bad for me on the news or tv, I'd be a basket case, and wouldn't take anything good for me. This is just my personal opinion of course, and it is ultimately your own decision. I hope & pray the best for you. Take care & God bless, ~Kaz

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Hey Mary,

Heard of this too! I take calcium plus vitamin D everynight. I guess the thing that we must think of is do we need it? Have you had a bone density test lately to see if you may have a risk for osteoporis? I do have a friend who has it and she has been taking calcium supplements and now has developed kidney stones because of it.

I guess what it boils down to, we need to watch what we eat and get our dietary supplements from that. There are alot off of different things out there to get our calcium, not just milk or dairy. Vegetables for one, figs and even sardines are great sources of calcium.

Check with your doctor and see if you even need to be on calcium supps.


Old 08-03-2010, 10:28 AM   #4
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Hi Missy,

I have not had a bone density test, I will ask my doctor for one the next time I see him. I also recently found that I have two small stones in my gallbladder, now I'm wondering if the calcium supplements created these. I have been told by doctors over the years that every woman should be taking them, now I hear this. I stopped taking them and am trying to eat calcium rich roods. I don't know who to trust anymore.

As if I wasn't confused enough.


Old 08-18-2010, 10:34 AM   #5
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I heard that if you take the calcium supplements WITH A VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENT, the risk is not present. Please read up on this to make sure I heard correctly. If you take the supplement with the calcium, it's not the same risk.

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