Excessive calcium supplement intake may be linked to higher risk of stroke

The Health Promotion Board said the recommended dietary allowance for calcium is 800mg a day for adults aged 19 to 50 and 1,000mg a day for adults aged 51 and older.
The Health Promotion Board said the recommended dietary allowance for calcium is 800mg a day for adults aged 19 to 50 and 1,000mg a day for adults aged 51 and older.PHOTO: ST FILE

Many people are convinced that calcium supplements will reduce the risk of osteoporosis, but there is a chance that they can raise the risk of a stroke.

The advice of Dr Michael Lim, medical director of MWH Heart Stroke and Cancer Centre, is to stop taking calcium supplements to reduce this risk and instead obtain calcium from foods.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2019, with the headline 'Excessive calcium supplement intake may be linked to higher risk of stroke'. Print Edition | Subscribe