advertisement
Question
Posted by: Jenna | 2008-12-10

Calcium supplement

Hi Dr Bets,

I saw an article on Health24 today that says calcium supplements can cause undesirable effects like heart attacks in postmenopausal women. Now I am only 22 but I take B-Cal Ultra, because my mom had early osteoporosis at 40. I also have a bigger disposition to it because I have fair skin and very slim.

Is it fine to take a calcium supplement so young and are there any proven side-effects (besides kidney stones)

Not what you were looking for? Try searching again, or ask your own question
Our expert says:
Expert ImageCyberDoc

Dear Jenna
Older women should reconsider taking high levels of calcium - see this article
http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/news/20080115/calcium-heart-risk-for-older-women?page=2
Taking moderate doses of calcium at your age may really protect you from osteoporosis later. Exercise with it is just as important.
Dr Bets

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

Have your say

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
advertisement