Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements

Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements: Mixed News for Postmenopausal Women

A new study looked back at the long-term effects of calcium and vitamin D supplements (CaD) in postmenopausal women. The original trial didn't find any major benefits, but this follow-up analysis suggests some potential pros and cons.

Possible Benefit: Lower Cancer Risk

The study found that women who took CaD supplements had a 7% lower risk of dying from cancer over 22 years compared to those taking a placebo.

Possible Risk: Higher Heart Disease Risk

However, the same group also had a 6% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD), commonly called heart disease.

Uncertainties Remain

The study didn't find any significant effects on other health issues, like overall death rates or bone fractures. Interestingly, the risk of cancer death seemed to be lower in women already taking supplements before the study, while the risk of heart disease death was higher in those taking the supplements.

More Research Needed

These findings are interesting but require further investigation. More research is needed to understand the long-term effects of CaD supplements and who might benefit most, or be at higher risk for side effects.

Talking to Your Doctor

If you're a postmenopausal woman considering taking CaD supplements, it's important to discuss the potential benefits and risks with your doctor. They can help you decide if these supplements are right for you based on your individual health history and needs.

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