Osteoporosis, Calcium Supplements cause Heart Attack?

  • Kamis, 12 Agustus 2010
  • Osteoporosis is a disease that affects many elderly. At the aging process, the speed of formation of new bone cells decreased compared to the speed of destruction of bone cells. As a result of bone cell regeneration process will be slower. Gradually, the bones will be increasingly thin and fragile. This state is called osteoporosis.

    The most prudent action in dealing with osteoporosis is prevention. You do this by consuming calcium in sufficient numbers so that will be formed bone is thick and strong. Preventing osteoporosis with calcium-containing food was much better than calcium supplements. A number of researchers found that consumption of calcium supplements may increase the risk apparently suffered a heart attack by 30 percent. Thin tablets that contain calcium are also linked to an increased incidence of stroke and death, although not statistically significant.

    Therefore, people who rely on calcium supplements are advised to eat more foods rich in calcium and try other means such as exercise, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight to prevent osteoporosis. After all calcium supplements are not natural and the result will be different when using a natural source of calcium.
    Research in the UK and the United States, which includes 11 studies that looked almost 12,000 people over four years old. Half of them were given calcium supplements and half were given a pill that contains no examples of therapeutic substances. The results were published in the British Medical Journal. Results showed an increase of 30 percent of heart attacks in people who were randomly assigned to calcium. So if there are 1,000 people who ate of calcium for five years, 14 will be found more heart attacks, more than 10 strokes and more than 13 deaths in those who were given of calcium than if they are not getting the calcium. Condition showed more than 37 events worse than 26 broken bones that can be prevented.

    Although experts are unsure of how the biological mechanisms of damage to the body of calcium supplements, but a number of past studies linking high levels of calcium in the blood with increased heart attacks and blood vessel damage. When you are taking calcium supplements, calcium levels in your blood increases four to six hours later and rose to the upper limit of normal range. However, it does not happen when someone is taking calcium from food because the calcium in food is absorbed very slowly so that the levels of calcium in the blood is difficult to change. Levels of calcium in the blood can cause high plaque formation in blood vessels, which can cause heart attacks, strokes and other heart diseases. So not only the fat that causes heart attacks, calcium has the potential to cause heart attacks too.

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