Like us, you have probably heard doctors extol the virtues of calcium for years, though in the past it has been to prevent osteoporosis, especially for women who are small and thin. However, a longitudinal study of more than 9,000 Canadians was recently published in Nurse.com.  The study demonstrated that calcium, in the right amount, may help women live longer:  “Taking a calcium supplement of up to 1,000 milligrams per day can help women live longer, according to a Canadian study.”

Researchers “found moderate doses of calcium supplements had a beneficial effect in women, although there was no statistical benefit for men…’Our study found daily use of calcium supplements was associated with a lower risk of death among women,’ the study’s senior author, David Goltzman, MD, of McGill University in Montreal, said in a news release. ‘The benefit was seen for women who took doses of up to 1,000 mg per day, regardless of whether the supplement contained vitamin D’…Women who took up to 1,000 mg per day of calcium had a 22% lower risk of dying compared with women who did not take calcium supplements.”

“‘Higher amounts of calcium were potentially linked to longer lifespans in women, regardless of the source of the calcium,’ Goltzman said. ‘That is, the same benefits were seen when the calcium came from dairy foods, non-dairy foods or supplements.'”

What is your favorite source of calcium?  Although our women colleagues seem to prefer ice cream, they realize that this is not the healthiest option so they have been advised to get their requirements met with calcium chews for dessert instead.

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