Study: Calcium could increase heart attack risk

July 30, 2010 (CHICAGO) Many people consume calcium supplements hoping to ward off osteoporosis. But now, a new study finds, calcium may increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 30 percent.

Experts say the calcium tablets carry concentrated doses and were also associated with higher incidences of stroke and death. But they add the study results were not statistically significant.

Researchers advise people consuming calcium supplements to seek advice from their doctors, to eat more calcium-rich foods and to try other interventions such as exercise, not smoking, and keeping a healthy weight to prevent osteoporosis.

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