Researchers have recently found out that taking calcium may help people actually live longer. Swedish researchers report that increasing the amount of calcium in your diet may affect your life span.
Scientists from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm studied the effects of both magnesium and calcium on the body in relation to the incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality rates among 23,366 Swedish men ranging from 45 to 79 years old. The participants did not use dietary supplements.
During the course of the study that started in 1998 and ended in 2007, 2,358 deaths were reported from all causes as of December of 2006. Among the reported deaths, 819 came as a result of cardiovascular disease while 738 were related to cancer. According to Joanna Kaluza, M.D. and her colleagues, men who had the highest amount of calcium intake from their diet had a 25 percent lower risk of dying from any cause in addition to 23 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease. However, calcium intake did not point out any significant effects on their cancer risk.
The results only reflected those men studied with their main calcium intake sourced from the food they eat. On the average, those who took the largest amounts of calcium received about 1,953 milligrams daily. Those with the lowest calcium intake took in 990 milligrams a day. The said report was published online I the February 19 issue of American Journal of Epidemiology.