Imagine that we have all grown up with the knowledge that calcium makes our bones stronger, so people have been counting on it for generations. But it does not look like it is going to be enough for the older of us. Two important studies have highlighted that calcium has no effect on old bones. In fact, it barely has any impact on them.
Considering that we have lived for so long with the conviction that calcium is good for us, it is no surprise if these conclusions shock any of us, especially the elderly. The guidelines actually imply that 1000 to 1200 mg of calcium should be taken in every day if you are an elder and most of these people take their medication seriously hoping that their bones will not fail them too soon.
Doctor Mark Bolland, a well-known associate professor of medicine within the University of Auckland, declared in a press release that calcium should no longer be recommended to older people in their daily intake. It appears that “for most patients who are concerned about their bone health, they do not need to worry about their calcium intake.”
Both the studies were published in the British Medical Journal. The former looked into density growth in people above the age of 50 and the researchers concluded that calcium could only increase bone density in between 0.6 and 2% within two years, an insignificant addition that cannot ensure reduced fracture risk.
The latter study involved a wide analysis of 50 reports on 44 cohort studies. Researchers have identified that there was almost no connection between any calcium diet and fracture incidents. Thus, calcium was proved ineffective twice in a row.
In order to establish the truth, scientists also looked into 26 studies that involved approximately 50,000 patients who were using calcium supplements in their daily diets. Again, calcium seemed to have absolutely no effect on bone fracture risk.
What is most disturbing is that high calcium consumption will not bring you too many benefits either way. Professor Karl Michaëlsson, from the University of Upsala, has proceeded to write an editorial about how high calcium consumption can lead to unpleasant conditions like gastrointestinal symptoms, kidney stones or even heart issues.
It is safe to conclude that a high calcium intake at an old age is not safe, yet this leaves fracture risk in an uncertain position: if calcium does not help with it, what can we do to reduce it?
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