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Calcium supplementation does not increase mortality

Benjamin M P Tang and Christopher Nordin
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (9): 547.
Published online: 5 May 2008

To the Editor: Calcium and vitamin D play a central role in preventing osteoporosis and fractures,1 so a recent study published in the BMJ claiming that calcium supplements increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes in postmenopausal women2 naturally received widespread media attention — so much so that many patients are already stopping calcium treatment.

  • Benjamin M P Tang1
  • Christopher Nordin2

  • 1 School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 School of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.

Correspondence: benjamin@clubsalsa.com.au

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