The New York Times (2/18, Bakalar, 1.68M) "Well" blog reports, "Calcium is an important nutrient for bone health, but new research suggests that older women who take large amounts may be at increased risk of heart disease and death." In a large study using data from a "Swedish government registry," researchers found, "after controlling for physical activity, education, smoking, alcohol and other dietary factors...that women who consumed 1,400 milligrams or more of calcium a day had more than double the risk of death from heart disease, compared with those with intakes between 600 and 1,000 milligrams."
Heartwire (2/19, Keller) reports, "The study is the latest in a series of contentious analyses linking calcium intake and cardiovascular events. Earlier this month, a National Institutes of Health-sponsored study (2/19) suggested that a high intake of supplemental calcium increased the risk of cardiovascular disease death in men but not women."
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