|« MedBen Closed On Memorial Day, But Online Services Available||CDC: Life Expectancy For People With Diabetes Improving »|
Judging by some of our earlier blog posts, there must be weeks that supplement makers just dread reading the headlines. well, here’s another double-dose of bad news that will have ‘em reaching for the antacids…
According to USA Today, a report published in the journal Heart says that taking a calcium supplement to help prevent bones from thinning puts people at a greater risk for heart attacks. The study of approximately 24,000 people ages 35-64 found participants who took regular calcium supplements were 86% more likely to have a heart attack than those who didn’t take supplements.
“Calcium supplements have been widely embraced by doctors and the public, on the grounds that they are a natural and therefore safe way of preventing osteoporatic fractures,” the authors write. “We should return to seeing calcium as an important component of a balanced diet.”
WebMD reports that taking some supplements may increase the risk of liver damage. Using data from a national registry, researchers found that herbal and dietary supplement use may has contributed to 18% of liver injury cases between 2003 and 2011.
Bodybuilding and weight loss supplements were by far the biggest offenders, linked to 34% and 26% of 93 cases studied, respectively, says researcher Victor J. Navarro, MD, a professor of medicine, pharmacology, and experimental therapeutics at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Navarro did note that the risk of liver damage by supplement use alone was very small, and many supplements are beneficial to your health.