Calcium supplements may not strengthen bones in women under 80, study finds

ABC World News that new research finds “taking daily calcium supplements does little to strengthen bones in women under 80.” ABC reported, “Only women over 80 and in nursing homes saw hip fractures decrease by 23 percent.”

Correspondent Rehema Ellis reported on NBC Nightly News that investigators “concluded that most people over 50 won’t get stronger bones if they increase their calcium intake.”

The findings were published in the British Medical Journal.

Meanwhile, NBC News reports on its website that the “extra calcium doesn’t go to strengthen bones but instead can build up in the arteries, causing heart disease, or in the kidneys, causing kidney stones.”

TIME reports the results from the meta-analysis “suggest that clinicians, advocacy organizations and health policymakers should not recommend increasing calcium intake for fracture prevention either with calcium supplements or through dietary sources,” the New Zealand researchers wrote.

TIME adds that the “new results also fall in line with the guidance provided by the United States Preventative Services Task Force in 2013,” which, based on the evidence available, ultimately concluded that “post-menopausal women should not take daily supplements.”

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