High or Low Calcium Intake Increases Cardiovascular Disease Risks in Older Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

Jui-Hua Huang; Leih-Ching Tsai; Yu-Chen Chang; Fu-Chou Cheng


Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2014;13(120) 

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High or low calcium intake was found to increase CVD risks in older patients with type 2 diabetes. A balanced dietary Mg and Ca intake is highly recommended, which could be a key in reducing inflammatory responses and CVD risks. Our data suggest that (1) consuming "moderate" amount of 402–600 mg Ca/day (approximately 67%–100% of Taiwan RDA for Ca), (2) consuming adequate amount of Mg (or meeting RDA for Mg for healthy individuals above 65 years of age), and (3) maintaining a Ca:Mg intake ratio of 2.0–2.5 are important for reducing CVD risks in older patients with diabetes.