Calcium Intake Linked To Longer Lifespan for Women
While calcium is essential to bone health, some studies have linked calcium supplements to increased heart disease risk. Researchers from McGill University recently conducted a study to shed more light on this issue, specifically by investigating the effect of calcium supplementation on risk of death.
They found that taking up to 1,000 mg per day of calcium resulted in a lower risk of mortality for women.
The researchers examined data collected from the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos), which included 9,033 participants and took place from 1995 to 2007. Over the course of the study, 1,160 individuals died.
After analyzing the information, the researchers found that calcium intake was associated with longer lifespans, regardless of where the calcium was coming from. Calcium derived from dairy, non-dairy and supplements all provided the same benefits.
Researchers from McGill University in Canada conducted the study. It will be published in the July 2013 issue of The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Previous studies suggest calcium intake may also help with weight loss, skin health, and reducing the risk of stroke.
Calcium absorption decreases as we age, so it is especially important to make sure you are getting enough of it. Try adding more dairy products or start taking a high quality supplement if you’re trying to increase your calcium intake.