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Calcium Supplements Might Raise Older Women's Dementia Risk: MedlinePlus
 

Calcium Supplements Might Raise Older Women's Dementia Risk: MedlinePlus

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Calcium Supplements Might Raise Older Women's Dementia Risk
 
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29 Aug 2016 - General
 
Kathleen Peralta Good point that calcium needs may differ from one person to another, and this has to be considered when prescribing supplements. Mark Edmon Tan Thank you for describing the role of calcium in brain injuries; so it shouldn't really be considered the causative agent in cell death. And yes, the study needs furth...
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@kathleen peralta Good point that calcium needs may differ from one person to another, and this has to be considered when prescribing supplements. @mark edmon tan Thank you for describing the role of calcium in brain injuries; so it shouldn't really be considered the causative agent in cell death. And yes, the study needs further investigation as other factors may have caused an increased risk for dementia. I guess for now, best to stick with organic calcium from the diet and only supplement...
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The study can be quite misleading because they included participants who had an episode of cerebrovascular disease. It was not mentioned that the cause of dementia may be of vascular origin (a high probability in case of history of stroke). I believe it was also mentioned that calcium can lead to cellular degeneration. It is true but calcium is not the main driving force but a conduit in a process called cellular excitotoxicity. During brain injury, increased amount of glutamate is released. Exc...
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"She said that calcium also can affect brain chemistry, and too much calcium might cause a cascade of events that lead to brain cell degeneration." If found to be true that calcium increases risk of women to have Dementia, then prescribing Calcium supplements should be reconsidered. If too much Calcium in the body leads to brain cell degeneration, it may be worthy researching or having a further study on the right therapeutic amount of Calcium supplements that helps with Osteoporosis b...
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It is interesting that the study showed an increased risk of dementia among the elderly woman who took calcium supplement. Calcium supplement is widely used due to the danger of osteoporosis, which may lead to susceptibility of fracture. However, it has mentioned that the study was not able to prove causation. It can only show that the dementia risk is higher in the women who took calcium supplement. There may be some known or unknown confounding factors around that may be contribute to the find...
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Recently, we talked about calcium supplements and whether they are needed by everyone. A particular population where calcium supplements are advisable are the elderly who are prone to osteoporosis and similar bone disorders. This study, however, raises a few issues on calcium supplementation, especially in older women. Women with cerebrovascular disease are the most at risk, with the study theorizing that high amounts of calcium may contribute to cell death and possibly affect blood vessels in t...
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