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What are the risks of taking too much calcium?

David Slovik, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
The amount of calcium you need varies by age. A few studies suggest that men who get too much calcium may be more likely to develop advanced prostate cancer, but the evidence isn't conclusive at this point. Some experts think only levels above 1,500 or 2,000 mg a day are problematic. Others say that too much calcium in the bloodstream may increase the risk of advanced prostate cancer, but that dietary calcium has little effect on calcium in the bloodstream. For women, getting high amounts of calcium seems to produce a slightly greater risk of developing kidney stones.

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