Studies Show Calcium Supplements May Not Perform As Expected

Two new studies find that supplements may do more harm than good for some people.
1:07 | 09/30/15

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To a serious health alert. New questions about calcium supplements taken by millions who think they're strengthening their bones. Two new studies find the supplement may actually do more harm than good. ABC's Dr. Richard Besser here to explain. What are the conclusions of this study? It you weres it on its ear. This is very important news. Millions take these supplements to try and reduce the risk they're going to have fractures. Now two studies in an important journal reviewed all the work that's been done on this and found except for elderly women in nursing homes where there is some benefit the slight benefit you might find is outweighed by the risks. The risks are serious. They are. You can experience mild things like constipation, abdominal pain but increased risk of kidney stones, even a slight increased risk of heart attack here. We reached out to the industry trade group and they challenged the findings and say that calcium supplements are safe and effective. But if you want to continue taking these, you really should talk to your doctor. You need to know about those risks. So many of us take them every day thinking we're doing good for our body. You have tips for us online. I will have them on Twitter right after this. Thank you. Rich.

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