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Do Studies Support Calcium Health Benefits?

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The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends that postmenopausal women stop taking supplemental calcium and vitamin D because there is very little evidence to support the theory that taking these supplements prevents fractures in healthy women. Additionally, researchers have found that calcium supplements can cause heart damage. 

While calcium was once believed to help protect the cardiovascular system, studies conducted at the University of Auckland found that taking vitamin D and calcium supplements raised the likelihood of having a heart attack by more than 50 percent. The researcher reanalyzed the data and found that women were at a 24 percent higher risk of a heart attack when taking calcium with or without vitamin D. 

Before you throw your loved one’s vitamin D and calcium supplements away, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center say that they found no such correlation during their seven-year study. 

While this one may take a while for researchers to figure out, one thing is known for sure. Eating a diet that is high in calcium stops bone loss and may help heart health. The best choice for calcium continues to be a glass of vitamin D-fortified milk. Other choices that are high in calcium include yogurt and calcium-fortified tofu. Some vegetables are also very high in calcium including kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Additionally, some fruits are high in calcium including oranges, tangerines and dried apricots, which is why Hinsdale elder care providers recommend them for the seniors they care for. 

Researchers have agreed for a long time that the best way to get vitamin D is to go outside for a few minutes each day. So, take that walk that you have been putting off and encourage your senior loved one to join you. The body absorbs vitamin D from the sun, so the best time to go is when the sun is at its highest. 

People will need to decide for themselves whether or not they choose to continue taking their supplements, but living a healthy lifestyle is a choice that everyone can make. Help your senior loved one enjoy a balanced lifestyle with help from Home Care Assistance of Chicago. Our highly trained caregivers incorporate the Balanced Care Method (BCM) to help seniors adopt healthy lifestyle choices that consist of nutritious diet, daily exercise and active social lives. BCM is our proprietary care method based on studies centered on the longevity and vitality of seniors in Okinawa, Japan. Call (847) 906-3991 today to learn more about BCM and how it benefits our clients.

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