According to the Los Angeles Times, recent studies by Dr. Ian Reid of the University of Auckland in New Zealand and his colleagues combined results from 11 randomized controlled trials of calcium supplements (without vitamin D, which is often given in conjunction with the supplements) involving more than 12,000 patients. Of this population there was a 31% increase in heart attacks. The study as reported in the journal BMJ concluded that the increase in risk of cardiovascular disease might translate into a large burden of disease in the population. A reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in the management of osteoporosis is warranted.
We must not loose sight of the real problem. Why have we become so calcium deficient? A known cause of mineral depletion is refined sugar. The loss of calcium is one of first minerals used to digest refined sugar. If we reduce the use of refined sugar from the food supply, we could eliminate the need for calcium replacement. Natural sugar and less of sugar in general is the way to prevent calcium deficiency, supplement use and potential heart disease.