Does Calcium Strengthen Bones? Evidence is Weak

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Rheumatology/GeneralRheumatology/53819?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2015-10-01&eun=g875301d0r

“As there is currently little, if any, firm evidence that higher intakes prevent bone loss, falls, or fractures in middle aged or older women and men living in the community, the continued emphasis by several organizations (such as NOF) on ever increasing intakes of calcium and vitamin D is puzzling,” Michaëlsson wrote.

 “Most will not benefit from increasing their intakes and will be exposed instead to a higher risk of adverse events such as constipation, cardiovascular events, kidney stones, or admission for acute gastrointestinal symptoms,” he said.

 “The weight of evidence against such mass medication of older people is now compelling, and it is surely time to reconsider these controversial recommendations,” he said…

The National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements also declined to comment on the studies…

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