Calcium intake unlikely to boost bone health
Two large New Zealand studies have contradicted the idea that increasing calcium intake can improve bone health in older people.
The results published in The BMJ suggest that increasing calcium intake, through supplements or dietary sources, should not be recommended for fracture prevention.
One meta-analysis shows that increasing calcium intake from dietary sources or by taking supplements produces small (1-2%) increases in bone mineral density, which “are unlikely to lead to a clinically meaningful reduction in risk of fracture”.
A second study by the