Posted on Jul 16, 2020, 1 p.m.
According to the CDC heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, this serious and often fatal condition is caused by cardiometabolic dysfunctions such as high blood pressure, obesity, insulin resistance, and high cholesterol.
Calcium is one of most common minerals within our bodies, most of which being found in the bones and teeth making it important to osteoporosis prevention. Calcium also plays important roles in other functions including blood circulation, immunity, and hormone production, as well as carrying signals from the brain to different parts of the body.
Deficient calcium levels can lead to the bones becoming brittle and becoming more susceptible to fractures; this lack can also result in stunted bone growth, poor teeth, and chronic muscle pain. Calcium was thought to protect against heart disease due to the effects on cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure, but recent studies are suggesting that it can also have negative effects on the circulatory system.
A recent study from researchers at the University of Auckland New Zealand published in Endocrinology and Metabolism has revealed that excessive levels of calcium may increase the risk of heart disease; excessive levels were established to lead to increased mortality rates and the progression of heart disease.
Excessive calcium levels were found to contribute to artery plaque after analysis of several prospective studies, and given their findings the researchers concluded that excessive levels of calcium were a contributor to the risk of heart disease, with the team suggesting that fracture and fall prevention strategies for older adults should focus more so on weight maintenance than on increasing calcium intake.
This is not the first study to suggest that excessive levels of calcium may be harmful such as a recent study published in Current Atherosclerosis Reports revealing that excessive calcium levels are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, and John Hopkins University School of Medicine finding that high levels increase the likelihood of blood clots and hardening of arteries increasing the risk of heart disease.
Even though recent studies are suggesting that high levels of calcium may be a potential biomarker for heart disease this does not mean that one should ignore calcium completely as it still remains an essential micronutrient. Following a healthy balanced and complete diet will help to prevent any nutritional deficiency.
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to prevent the onset of heart disease and stay healthy is by making some simple lifestyle changes which includes getting regular exercise, eating a heart healthy diet, maintaining a healthy body weight, getting enough sleep, keeping stress levels in check, avoiding smoking, and limiting alcohol.
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