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A great deal of confusion has been stirred up in the last few months about the potential harm of too much calcium intake. As is often the case, there are studies that reveal conflicting results. Examples of this include the following summaries: 1) Calcium from food does not appear to raise the risk of cardiovascular […]

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This paper was a retrospective analysis of data from 2710 men and 1143 women which included 626 postmenopausal women and overall, an average age of 30 or older in Seoul, South Korea. None of the study subjects were taking a calcium supplement and a 24 hour dietary recall was used to assess calcium intake. Women […]

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Many women think that if a certain amount of calcium is good for the bones than even more is better. A large longitudinal and prospective cohort study from Sweden recently showed that consuming more than 700 mg of calcium per day in women older than 63, did not further reduce the risk for fracture or […]

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36,282 postmenopausal women were enrolled in a Women’s Health Initiative clinical trial to determine the effects of calcium and vitamin D on the incidence of hip fracture. Invasive breast cancer was a secondary outcome measure. Patients were randomly assigned to 1000 mg of calcium with 400 IU of vitamin D3 daily, or placebo for an […]

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Calcium Guidelines

How much calcium you need depends on your age and gender. Men have it easy. According to the National Academy of Sciences, males ages 19 through 50 need 1,000 mg per day. After 51, needs rise to 1,200 mg per day. For women, it’s trickier. Prevention is everything. Although both sexes require adequate calcium during […]

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A study of 1,471 post menopausal women in New Zealand with a mean age of 74 were randomized to receive 1 gm of calcium citrate or placebo daily for 5 years. The occurrence of sudden death, heart attacks, stroke and transient ischemic attacks were reported by either the women or their family members. A twofold […]

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The potential for soy protein or soy isoflavones to alter bone metabolism and bone loss is currently contradictory and inconclusive. Our two best measurements are bone density testing with DXA (an xray test) measures or bone metabolism markers. The lack of agreement in the literature is thought to be related to variations in study design […]

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In a population-based study, 1180 Caucasian women older than 55, were randomized to receive a daily placebo, calcium or calcium plus 1000 IU of vitamin D (cholecalciferol). Â Health status and compliance to the regimen were assessed every 6 months over 4 years and serum vitamin D was measured at baseline and annually. 1024 women […]

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Calcium and Bone Health for Women

When women think about what they can do to prevent osteoporosis, most women think of calcium supplementation. Calcium improves bone health, increases bone mineral density, and improves the effectiveness of osteoporosis medications. Although most studies do not show a positive effect of calcium reducing fracture risk, in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) trial, hip fractures […]

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NAMS Board of Trustees. The role of calcium in peri-and postmenopausal women: 2006 position statement of The North American Menopause Society. Menopause: The J of The N American Menopause Society 2006;12(6): 862-877 The last evidence based consensus opinion of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) was published in 2001. An expert panel of clinicians and […]

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