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Calcium Linked With Reduced Body Weight

A recent study has found that increasing calcium intake is associated with a decrease in body weight as well as reduced waist circumference in people who are genetically predisposed to large waistlines.

Participants in the study included 7,569 who took part in either the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study, the INTER99 study, or the Monitoring Trends and Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease study.

The researchers examined the relationship between diet and 54 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with BMI, waist circumference, or waist-hip ratio. They found that every 1,000 mg increase of calcium intake was linked with a statistically significant reduction in annual body weight of a ¼ of a pound.

They also found that calcium may reduce waist circumference in people who are genetically predisposed to having a high waist circumference.

Researchers from the University of Exeter in the UK conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on February 5, 2014, in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Calcium is best known for its effect on bone health, but previous studies suggest it can also help with weight loss, skin health, and reducing the risk of colorectal cancer and stroke. Some studies have even suggested that calcium intake is associated with increased longevity.

Calcium absorption decreases as we age, so it is especially important to make sure you are getting enough. Try adding more dairy products or start taking a high quality supplement if you’re trying to increase your calcium intake.

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