By Doug O’Neill “Osteoporosis is the silent disease,” says Dr. Aliya Khan, professor of Clinical Medicine, Endocrinology, Metabolism and Geriatrics at McMaster University. “We also call osteoporosis the ‘silent thief’ because it can destroy a person’s bone structure – wreaking havoc on their overall health and vitality – with little warning. While it’s often considered a
After years of Canadians hearing that they need to consume more calcium, a new study suggests calcium supplements might increase their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. While calcium's benefits for bone health are well known, there has also been research that has linked higher calcium intake with a lowered risk of high blood pressure, obesity, and type 2 diabetes -- all of which can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke. But this study suggests that not only is there no heart benefit from a high calcium intake, those who take calcium pills might actually have a higher risk of a heart attack or stroke. While calcium's benefits for bone health are well known, there has also been research that has linked higher calcium intake with a lowered risk of high blood pressure, obesity, and type 2 diabetes -- all of which can raise the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Taking calcium supplements doesn't seem as benign as thought, say doctors who've found the pills may increase the risk of heart attack. The findings of a study published in Thursday's online issue of the journal Heart were based on data from almost 24,000 women in Germany aged 35 to 64 who were tracked for an average of 11 years as part of a European cancer and nutrition project. For decades, doctors routinely prescribed calcium supplements to prevent and treat osteoporosis, particularly for postmenopausal women.
Inspired by the Queen’s service to the Commonwealth nations, 15 Oakville residents were recognized Friday for their own contributions to their community with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Created to mark the 60th anniversary celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, a total of 30 Oakville residents will be among 60,000 Canadians to receive the commemorative medal this year. More than 100 nominations were considered in Oakville for the spring presentation of the medal.