WXTK Better Health Report: Calcium and Heart Attacks

posted by Walt Perkins -

Here is more evidence that taking calcium supplements is a bad idea.

We already know that taking calcium supplements seems to increase the risk of heart attack, and now a new study from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill has found a link between these supplements and an increased risk for colon polyps.

Polyps are not cancer, but it’s possible for polyps to become cancerous if they aren’t removed.

This new study tracked 2000 people who had a history of polyps and were assigned to take daily calcium supplements, vitamin D supplements, both or neither for three to five years.

The people who took calcium or calcium plus vitamin D were more likely to have polyps  6-10 years after the start of the study.

Women and smokers were at highest risk of developing polyps with the calcium alone or calcium plus D, but not with vitamin D alone, so it’s likely that the risk is from the calcium.

And just like with heart attacks, there was no association found between dietary calcium and polyps.

In other words, get your calcium from food, not pills.

This is Joan Trimble wishing you wellness.

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