Calcium for Women: Moderate Doses Are Safe, Beneficial

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By John Otrompke

Over the last year, there has been considerable debate on the risks & benefits of calcium for women. A new long-term Canadian study of over 6,000 women suggests that calcium intake of up to 1,000 mg per day is not only safe, but it can reduce all-cause mortality by as much as 22%.

The benefit was seen, whether the calcium came from dairy foods, non-dairy foods, or supplements. The findings were published last month in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

In the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos), researchers examined data from 9,033 urban Canadians for 12 years, during which time 1,160 participants died. Participants were 25 years old or older, and randomly selected from a list of residential phone numbers. They were contacted annually. Women and older people were intentionally overrepresented.

Of 6,287 women at baseline, 15% were using calcium supplements alone, 4% were using…

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