19 August 2016
The intake of calcium supplements by urban dwellers is on the rise.
A new study published on Live Science recorded some shocking revelations about what calcium supplements did to older women.
In the study, researchers looked at the medical history of 700 women between ages 70 years and 92 years who did not have dementia at the start of the study.
The researchers asked the women if they were regularly taking calcium supplements and tested their memory and thinking skills. The scientists also scanned the brains of 447 of the participants.
Researchers found that women who had previously had a stroke and who regularly took calcium supplements at the start of the study were seven times more likely to develop dementia over the five-year period than women who had had a stroke but who did not take those supplements.
The study showed a link between taking calcium supplements and a higher risk of dementia in some women; it does not prove that taking calcium supplements causes dementia, said study co-author Dr. Silke Kern, a neuroscience researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
He admitted that more research was needed before any recommendations for women regarding the potential risks of taking calcium supplements could be made.
The specialists said that they didn’t know for sure, why the use of calcium supplements could be connected to a higher risk of dementia in ladies with these conditions.
“The instrument for the destructive impact of calcium supplementation is not completely comprehended,” Kern told Live Science.
Author: Dotun Obatuyi
My name is Dotun Obatuyi (Dotunoba), I hail from Osun state, a public health scientist (monitoring and evaluation specialist), my keen interests are researching, critiquing and writing feature articles on health, science and technology as well as issues around the globe.