Calcium to prevent osteoporosis: new European guide
A new clinical guide clarifies the effects of calcium in reducing the risk of osteoporosis after the menopause. Issued by The European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS), the guide aims to raise awareness of the importance of calcium in lowering the risk of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is common and affects one-third of women; three million people in the UK are estimated to have the disease.
We know that calcium is vital for strong healthy bones. Most people should be able to get enough calcium through healthy eating, but this is not always the case so some people take supplements.
Groups around the world have issued guidance about the daily requirements from childhood to old age. Recommendations vary from 700mg to 1,200mg. And it is uncertain if excessive intake can cause harm; some research has raised concern about cardiovascular risk, dementia or even fracture.
“An adequate intake of calcium is recommended for general bone health,” the group concludes. “Excessive calcium intake seems of no benefit, and could possibly be harmful.”
Click here to read the guidelines.
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