The Doctors: Do High Amounts Of Calcium Cause Heart Disease In Women?

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The Doctors: Healthy and Harmful Highs

The theme of The Doctors March 13 2013 was healthy and harmful highs, from high heels to high cholesterol. First, The Doctors began with a more light-hearted topic: the Mile High Club. Can you guess which country’s citizens claim to have the highest membership? The answer is England! 20% of English people say they are members.

The Doctors: Do High Amounts Of Calcium Cause Heart Disease In Women?

The Doctors discussed a study that suggests high amounts of calcium could lead to heart disease in women.

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Dr. Andrew Ordon admitted to being a member of the Mile High Club, “class of 1980.” At the time, he was dating a flight attendant. Now, it’s a bit more difficult to engage in such practices (it’s also illegal). However, according to the Mile High Club President – yes, it’s an actual club – there are members all over the world. President Phil Kessler described the specific qualifications for joining the Mile High Club and also revealed that members have pins, t-shirts and keychains that they display proudly.

The Drs: Does Calcium Cause Heart Disease?

Although it’s recommended that menopause-aged women take calcium supplements, a new study suggests they may be doing more harm than good. Researchers in Sweden have found that women with high levels of calcium have a higher risk for heart disease. The women studied had been taking over 1400 milligrams of calcium a day.

Dr. Travis Stork emphasized the importance of taking an “adequate” amount of calcium, rather than just an increase. Dr. Lisa Masterson has often suggested that patients take 1200 milligrams of calcium per day. As Dr. Jim Sears pointed out, it’s sometimes difficult for the body to process supplements such as calcium.

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The Doctors: Foods High In Calcium

A better option is to receive calcium through whole, natural foods. Everyone knows that calcium is found in milk and dairy products, but almonds, spinach and salmon are also good sources. If you’re unsure, it’s best to speak with your doctor.

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