Low calcium linked to female hormone condition

October 19, 2012 1:27:13 PM PDT
A study online in BMJ found a lack of calcium in a woman's diet put her at greater risk for a hormone condition caused by overactive parathyroid glands, and that can lead to weak bones and fractures.

Scientists discovered that women who took just 500 milligrams of supplemental calcium daily had a 59 percent lower risk for this condition.

PHPT is estimated to affect 1-in-800 people during their lifetime and is most common among postmenopausal women ages 50-60 years.