Thursday, March 7, 2013


According to an article published in The Washington Post, a 2012 study found that calcium supplements may raise your risk of a heart attack.

However, calcium is an important role when it comes to your health: your body needs it to maintain nerve and heart function and to keep bones strong. Adults should be getting 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams a day.

For deciding whether or not to meet your daily requirement in whole or in part by taking supplements, there is a lot of conflicting evidence. Some studies suggest links between calcium intake and heart attacks, while others found that getting too little calcium can contribute to heart disease.

It can be confusing whether or not to take supplements or how you should care for your bones, but many physicians are bringing their focus back to what their patients are eating, as the studies showed that no heart risks were associated with calcium from food.

According to the article, there are multiple calcium-rich foods available, so you shouldn’t take a calcium supplement if you can get the calcium you need through diet.

Since caring for your bones can be complicated, you should have your bone density tested. The Preventive Task Force recommends getting tested if you’re a woman over age 65 and many physicians recommend that men should be tested after age 50.

However, these basic tips for bone health still count: eat a healthful diet rich in calcium, get plenty of exercise and avoid smoking.
At Snyder & Wenner, we strive to keep the community safe when hospital care is involved. We have become patient safety advocates by representing patients who have been harmed from hospital error. If you know someone who has been seriously injured from a hospital error, please contact us. 

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