Many people take calcium supplements to treat or prevent bone disease, such as osteoporosis.
Some studies suggest that calcium supplements may perhaps protect against cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. However, there is no definitive evidence about such health benefits. (1)
The benefit or risk of taking calcium supplements is a topic that has stirred much debate.
As opposed to what most people might believe, calcium supplementation –
1. Produces small increases in the bone mineral density, and is unlikely to prevent / reduce the risk of fractures. (2, 3)
2. May increase the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries). It might also raise myocardial infarction risk. (4, 5)
3. May worsen kidney stone disease for patients who are known to form kidney stones. (6)
4. May increase the risk of developing dementia in elderly women with cerebrovascular disease. (7)
So what does the general public make of this?
When taken in excess, or used inappropriately, medications and health supplements ordinarily considered to be beneficial, can have harmful effects on your body.
Be cautious when taking any kind of health supplements. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine what is most appropriate in your case.
Dr. Trupti Shirole