COMMENTARY

Rethinking Calcium: Bone Health or Heartache?

Sandra A. Fryhofer, MD

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October 25, 2010

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Back to Basics: Incorporating Adequate Calcium Into the Diet

This study has me rethinking how I talk to patients about calcium. Use of calcium supplements may be problematic from a cardiovascular standpoint. What about dietary calcium? The verdict from previous studies is good: No increased cardiovascular risk is linked to higher intake of dietary calcium.[3] Adequate calcium intake recommendations refer to total daily intake; it does not mean the extra amount of calcium that should be added, but that's often what happens. Incorporating dietary calcium rather than taking supplements is a better way to meet adequate calcium intake recommendations.

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