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More evidence of risks associated with calcium supplements

New Zealand researchers have added high level evidence to the debate about calcium supplementation, showing that it increases the risk of heart attacks

In keeping with messages we have been putting out for some time about the risks of calcium supplementation, researchers from Auckland, New Zealand, have confirmed and quantified the risks.

In a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials, the highest level of medical evidence, they found that, in broad terms, for every two fractures we prevent in giving people calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis, one person taking the supplements has a heart attack.

This is clearly an unacceptably high figure, and reinforces the message that it is sun exposure, and vitamin D supplementation, that is safe and useful for fracture prevention, rather than calcium supplementation. The calcium supplementation industry in Western countries is a product of our avoidance of adequate sunlight. 

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