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Calcium pills 'increase' risk of heart attack

Calcium supplements taken by many older people could be increasing their risk of a heart attack, research shows.

The study, in the British Medical Journal, said people who took supplements were 30% more likely to have a heart attack.


Data from 11 trials also suggested the medicines were not very effective at preventing bone fractures.


Almost 3 million people in the UK are thought to have osteoporosis and many take calcium pills to prevent fractures.


The study recommends doctors review their use of calcium supplements for managing osteoporosis.  More …