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Higher calcium doesn't equal extra benefits

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People do not have to raise their calcium intake in order to avoid osteoporosis later in life, a study says.

Although moderate amounts of the mineral are needed, raising the dose offers no extra benefit when it comes to cutting the risks of bone disease and fractures, according to Swedish experts.

Looking at data for more than 60,000 women in a 19-year study, it was found that 24% suffered some kind of fracture while about 20% of a 5,000-strong subset developed osteoporosis.

It was found that women who took in 750mg of calcium per day had a similar risk of fractures than those on daily doses of 1,135mg. Writing in the British Medical Journal, researchers said: “The highest quintile of calcium intake did not further reduce the risk of fractures of any type, or of osteoporosis.”

It turned out that those taking the most calcium had a higher risk of hip fracture. The authors of the report summarised that there is no need for people to increase calcium intake above moderate amounts.

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