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A new medical study published yesterday in the journal “Heart” shows that taking calcium supplements may not be the best way to keep your bones healthy. The study, which followed 24,000 German men and women between the ages of 35 and 64 found that those who took calcium supplements were 86 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who did not.

This caught my attention, as my wife and I both take calcium supplements. Make that “used to” take them. Calcium is critical for strong bones and teeth, and many doctors recommend them for their patients, especially middle age and older.

The good news is that this study showed that most people can get the calcium they need through foods that most of us eat already. Foods like dairy products, fortified cereal, orange juice, almonds or salmon.

Many supplements have come under increased scrutiny in recent years, but studies to determine if they help or hurt take time.

For some, getting enough calcium through diet alone isn’t possible. http://www.cdc.gov/preconception/careforwomen/nutrition.html

As always, you should consult your physician if you’re considering taking or giving up taking supplements.

Personally, I think I’ll eat some more yogurt or chug some more milk to get what I need. Or both!

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