Getting the Right Amount of Calcium

Are you taking calcium supplements for osteoporosis? Are you following a physician’s treatment plan or have you started taking daily calcium on your own? Improper use of calcium supplements can have a harmful effect on heart health.

Taking too much calcium can lead to calcification of arteries, which is a known heart disease risk factor. Researchers through the use of CT scans have found that people who took calcium supplements had a significant increase in the risk of plaque buildup in their arteries. This observation is important because atherosclerotic coronary artery disease is the number one cause of death in the Western world.

Even though the risk of osteoporosis is real, before you begin taking an over-the-counter calcium supplement, discuss your concerns and intentions with us. Also, during wellness visits, you’re routinely asked what medications you are currently taking. Be sure to include OTC supplements, too. It is important to follow your doctor’s guidelines before taking any supplements, especially calcium. Your physician’s recommendations are based on your recent lab work and unique health condition.

Have questions about how much calcium is enough? Give us a call, arrange a consultation, and we will be happy to determine the correct dosage of calcium you require. 865-546-1642