Calcium Supplements Linked to Longer Lifespans in Women

Although the data showed women who took calcium supplements had a lower mortality risk, there was no statistical benefit for men. The study found no conclusive evidence that vitamin D had an impact on mortality.

Calcium and vitamin D are two of the requisites for women to prevent osteoporosis.

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Taking a calcium supplement of up to 1,000 mg per day can help women live longer, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Calcium, an essential nutrient for bone health, is commonly found in dairy products as well as vitamins. Although calcium is an essential nutrient for bone health, past studies have linked calcium supplements to heart disease risk. The researchers, located at universities across the country, analyzed data from the large-scale Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study seeking to determine whether calcium and vitamin D intake were associated with overall increased risk of death.

“We found that daily use of calcium supplements in women was associated with a lower risk of death, irrespective of cause,” says the study’s lead author David Goltzman, MD, of the division of endocrinology and metabolism in the department of medicine of the faculty of medicine and researcher in the musculoskeletal…

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