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Archive for the 'Calcium' Category

Review: Vitamin D supplements fail to change bone density

Friday, October 11th, 2013

vitamind-150x150Almost half of older adults take vitamin D with or without calcium.

Researchers at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, in Australia, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Updated recommendations to prevent and treat osteoporosis

Friday, July 5th, 2013

qf_quadriceps_strain_smAn expert committee of the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) with a multi-specialty council of medical experts in the field of bone health have updated recommendations.

Let’s focus on prevention, which emphasizes many of the CAM topics that dominate this website.


Benefit of vitamin D and calcium in the elderly

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Vitamin D appears to affect many health outcomes.

An international group of researchers reviewed the literature to see if there’s an effect on mortality. (more…)

Calcium + vitamin D effect on abdominal fat mass

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston,  investigated the effect of calcium + vitamin D-supplemented orange juice on weight loss and visceral (internal organs) adipose tissue in overweight and obese adults. (more…)

More on calcium supplements and the risk of cardiovascular disease

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Calcium supplements are widely used to help prevent osteoporosis but have been associated with a possible increase in the risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes.

Now, researchers from the UK and Denmark have presented an alternative view. (more…)

Vitamin D and the risk of falls in the elderly

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Dietary supplements and the risk of death in older women

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Dietary supplements are commonly taken to prevent chronic disease.

Researchers in Finland, Norway, and the Republic of Korea studied the long-term health consequences. (more…)

Yogurt fortified with vitamin D to help control diabetes

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Low blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] have been associated with impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes.

Researchers at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, in Tehran, Iran studied the effects of vitamin D3 + calcium–fortified yogurt drink on blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes. (more…)

Options to prevent colorectal cancer

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Colorectal cancer is strongly associated with a Western lifestyle.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, present an overview of the evidence. (more…)

Risk of kidney stones with calcium and vitamin D

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The Women’s Health Initiative reported a 17% excess in urinary tract stone formation with calcium + vitamin D supplements.

Now, researchers in the US evaluated whether this risk might be modified by certain patient characteristics. (more…)

CAM options to treat menopausal symptoms

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Prof. Ernst has reviewed the evidence.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Review: Supplemental calcium to prevent colorectal cancer

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Sheffield, in the UK, reviewed the evidence for calcium in reducing the recurrence of adenomas (benign tumors) and the occurrence of colorectal cancer. (more…)

The bottom line on calcium supplements

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have written a succinct review.

Let’s cut to the chase. (more…)

Status of treatment options for osteoporosis

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Researchers at Tung Wah Eastern Hospital, in Hong Kong, China, reviewed the evidence for CAM in the context of the overall treatment plan. (more…)

Should you drink milk to lose weight?

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Researchers from the US and Israel studied the effects of dairy calcium and vitamin D for weight loss. (more…)

The risk of taking a calcium supplement without taking vitamin D

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Researchers in the US, UK, and Australia reviewed the evidence and tell us that taking calcium supplements without also taking vitamin D is associated with an increased risk of heart attack. (more…)

Calcium supplements and the risk of cardiovascular events

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Researchers from Australia, New Zealand, and the US collaborated to review the evidence.

Their findings suggest you might be better off getting your calcium from dietary sources. (more…)

Latest vitamin D recommendations for bone health

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Dr. Sandra Fryhofer, at Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, Georgia, reviews the latest recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). (more…)

Does vitamin D reduce the risk of falls in older adults?

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Vitamin D supplementation and hip fracture risk

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Researchers from Australia and the UK reviewed the evidence. (more…)