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Risk of heart attack increased by calcium pills

30th July 2010

A study in the British Medical Journal has shown that calcium supplements taken by many older people could be increasing their risk of a heart attack.

Findings showed that people who took supplements were 30% more likely to have a heart attack. In addition, the data from 11 trials also suggested the medicines were not very effective at preventing bone fractures. In the UK, some 3m people are thought to have osteoporosis and many take calcium pills to prevent fractures.

 

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