It has been so many years that millions of people trust that by taking calcium strengthens and thickens the bones and protect against osteoporosis and in the absence of food sources, calcium supplements are taken in place of it.
But a new study which was published in the BMJ journal has been found that those taking the calcium supplements have stepped up in risking themselves to a heart attack especially those who take high dosage of it.
Since the study does not have concrete results yet, Dr. John Baron, a professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, New Hampshire and co-author of the study, said that people should continue taking their calcium supplements but have to consult their doctor first.
Experts have started enquiring if widely used calcium supplements should be used extensively as it is now especially by older women who suffer excessively from heart disease and osteoporosis.
“Up until this point, there was no evidence of harm,” says
Sharonne Hayes, M.D., the director of the Women’s Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota.
She has no involvement in the research but she said she will conclude if and when her patients will need to take calcium supplements before making any recommendation.
“Now there needs to be a good reason to use the supplement,” she says.
In the meantime that the study is under scrutiny, Dr. Hayes suggests that calcium can still be included in the diet from its natural source like fortified cereal, vegetables, dairy products.