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New concern about calcium supplements

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Are you one of the millions of men and women taking calcium supplements?

I'm right there with you, and a little surprised today by the news from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine that calcium supplements may raise the risk of heart disease.

This was a 10-year study involving more than 2,700 people half and half - men and women.

Researchers found those taking calcium supplements were 22 percent more likely to have calcium in their coronary arteries, a sign of heart disease.

Dr. Erin Michos at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, says, "That excess calcium in your blood may deposit into soft tissues including the heart and its major blood vessels."

But ironically, the study also found that adults getting the same amount of calcium through their diet had no increased risk of heart disease. It was only evident in those who used supplements to get the calcium they need for strong bones.

But if you're on a plan to take calcium to prevent fractures or osteoporosis, talk to your doctor before you make any changes.

The government has long suggested that the typical adult get about 1,000 mgs of calcium a day. But women over age 50 and men over age 70 are advised to get about 1200 mgs a day.

But, a healthy diet including daily dairy products, leafy greens and fortified cereals can also provide the recommended calcium needed without supplements.

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