A team of New Zealand researchers have concluded that added calcium might not help to improve the bone health of the elderly. The researchers analyzed at most 100 previously done investigations and found out that the guidelines advised by the doctors to seniors to consume calcium between 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams a day will simply do no good to them since no proof was found that by increasing the calcium intake beyond its normal dietary level can strengthen the bones off the elderly or save them from fractures.
What’s more important is that the team of researchers have concluded that instead of doing any good, this excessive calcium supplementation can do harm to the body. According to Bolland, one of the few researchers who have unveiled these findings, this discovery can be startling for many doctors and patients because it was believed that excessive calcium intake can help manage osteoporosis and bone health, however, that’s not the case.
In fact clinical trials have concluded that excessive calcium supplements lead to minor gastrointestinal problems like constipation apart from a little increased risk of having kidney stones and heart attacks. Apart from that, some studies also revealed that high calcium levels in the body can lead to hospitalization of the person because of acute gastrointestinal problem. According to researchers, the small risk of these crucial adverse effects along with the moderate risk of some minor negative effects like constipation simply outweigh the negligible benefits of taking excessive calcium supplements.
According to the team of researchers, clinicians and doctors should move their focus on an increased intake of both – calcium and vitamin D instead of just increasing calcium intake so as to help patients get better minerals for their bones.