Are Calcium Supplements Safe?

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Okay next topic is something that millions of you take everyday, you know why, because we tell you to. The question is, is it putting you at risk for a heart attack. You've been told for decades once you hit menopause, get calcium everyday to strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis.

But could calcium actually be doing you more harm than good? A shocking new study reveals that older women taking 500 mg of calcium daily actually increase their risk of heart attack by up to 31%. The results may force you and your doctor to ask the most basic question in medicine, do the benefit of calcium outweigh the risks? So let me show you what the thinking was behind the study.

So you get this healthy heart and that blood vessel coming along the front, it's green now, it's bringing life nourishing blood to the heart. Calcium deposits begin to accumulate there, it's quick then, quickly becoming squeeze in as calcium your diet begins to contribute the pluck to stand.

Now watch that, so the pluck which is ruptured, when that pluck raptured you get a scab there, all over sudden it closes off the blood supply of the heart, and you get a heart attack. The role of spasm is also important because of arteries, in addition to accumulating calcium that we sometime take in our diet, are often supplements, there is five doses of it, could also cause your arteries to spatter.

Dr. Moore, you're expert in female health, you talk about this a lot. You know there are lot of women who take calcium because you've advised them to, should they worry? Well, not on the basis of this study and this is why we don't practice medicine as you know based on the study dijore[sp?].

First of all, this is a very strong conclusion form a relatively weak study. This was not a prospective clinical trial which is this gold standard in medicine, but this is what we call meta-analysis. This study was actually a collection of eight other studies, which were not not designed to look at cardiac end points.

So as a physician, I don't really know what to make of this. What I also hate about this study, or dislike strongly is that they excluded women who were taking calcium with vitamin D, which is the recommended way to take calcium. Here's the thing, the American public wants to know, should I take calcium or should I not take calcium? And there's not one right answer for everything.

There's no one right answer and this just confuses things. So I think the recommended prescription for that would be unless otherwise, you know it's best when you take the calcium and talk to your doctor. Dr. Moore, you disagree I understand. No let me tell you, this is all about you.

If you go back in your family history and you find out that you have of a high incidence of osteoporosis, you need to take calcium, but if you find out you have a huge incidence of heart disease, it's a risk benefit ratio. This is all about the woman taking control, and men taking control so that we can find out exactly what's going with our own bodies and our families because I don't want people taking calcium out there if they know that they have an increased risk of heart disease.

And people is not just to rely on the study, but again to have a relationship with your doctor, and have that relationship [xx] I need us to give a strong thought on this, I've been debating this issue and as a heart specialist, if you're taking calcium, you've got to take it with the vitamin D, you also have to take it with magnesium.

Because calcium will cause spasing[sp?] through the arteries. So I take about 1000 mg of calcium, take with about 400 mg of magnesium, please write this down, and you also want to take about 400 units of Vitamin D and get into the sun because you.