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Calcium supplements: do they help or harm?

Manson, JoAnn E. MD, DrPH, NCMP; Bassuk, Shari S. ScD

Menopause:
doi: 10.1097/GME.0b013e31829be090
Clinical Corner: NAMS Practice Pearl
Abstract

Current recommendations for calcium intake call for 1,000 mg per day for women ages 19-50 and 1,200 mg per day for women over age 50 to ensure bone health. Given recent concerns that calcium supplements may raise risk for cardiovascular disease and kidney stones, women should aim to meet this recommendation primarily by eating a calcium-rich diet and taking calcium supplements only if needed to reach the RDA goal (often only ∼500 mg per day in supplements is required).

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From the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Released September 6, 2012

© 2014 by The North American Menopause Society.