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Jeffry Hays, DC            Guy Carter, DC           David Huynh, DC

5252 Balboa Ave Ste 1002
San Diego, CA 92117

(858) 278-2181

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August 2016 Newsletter

 

DO CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS INCREASE HEART DISEASE RISK?

 

 

It is no secret that Osteoporosis is a very serious health condition afflicting predominantly post menopausal women.  Consider these facts:

  • 44 million people with either osteoporosis or low bone mass represent 55 percent of the people aged 50 and older in the United States. (1)

 

  • Approximately 30% of all postmenopausal women have osteoporosis in the United States and in Europe. At least 40% of these women  and 15-30% of men will sustain one or more fragility fractures in their remaining lifetime.

 

  • A 50 year old woman has a 2.8% risk of death related to hip fracture during her remaining lifetime, equivalent to her risk of death from breast cancer and 4 times higher than that from endometrial cancer.

 

  • Hip fractures cause the most morbidity with reported mortality rates up to 20-24% in the first year after a hip fracture, and greater risk of dying may persist for at least 5 years afterwards. Loss of function and independence among survivors is profound, with 40% unable to walk independently, 60% requiring assistance a year later. Because of these losses, 33% are totally dependent or in a nursing home in the year following a hip fracture (2).

When trying to treat and/or prevent osteoporosis, there are several different options.  Several medications have been developed to treat osteoporosis.  Like many medications, side effects of these medications are common, and long term use of these medications can lead to serious complications.

 

The “no brainer” seems to be to eat foods rich in calcium, and take calcium supplements.  Recently however, a few studies have been published suggesting that taking calcium supplements can increase your risk for heart disease.   The studies suggest that taking these supplements raises your blood calcium levels, and any excess calcium not getting in to the bones can settle in your arteries, making them less elastic and potentially clogging the arteries. 

 

Though there are several studies which conclude that calcium supplements do not increase heart attack risk,  the key to not only maximizing the bone density benefits of taking calcium, but also to preventing heart disease lies in what you take with the calcium, what type of calcium you take, and how much you take. 

Here are my recommendations:

 

1.   Never take more than 600mg of calcium at once, as your bones just won’t absorb any more.        If you are supplementing 1000-1200mg. a day, which is recommended, you should break up       the dose, and take it 2-3 times per day.

 

2.   You should take at least half as much magnesium as calcium.  Magnesium helps the calcium       get into the bone.

 

3.   Similar to magnesium, Vitamin D3 assists in getting the calcium into the bone.  A minimum of       2000 IU is recommended.

 

4.   New evidence has shown vitamin K2 to not only improve calcium absorption into bone, but K2       can also improve the elasticity of your arteries, therefore helping to prevent heart disease!

 

 

 

One on One Stretch Therapy Special!

 

 

 If you haven’t taken the time to try our One on One Stretch Therapy, this is a great opportunity.  We’re offering two 30 minute sessions for just $39! 

 

One on One Stretch Therapy is a 30 minute stretching session in which you are stretched, hands-on by one of our Trainers.  He/she    will take you through various stretching exercises, hands-on, covering the whole body, and/or your  specific areas of need.

 

 

The benefits of stretching are well documented:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased range of motion
  • Decreased muscle tension
  • Improved muscle strength and overall function
  • Improved posture
  • Improved muscle balance
  • Improved balance
  • Injury treatment
  • Injury prevention

 

The Special is good until September 30th,  sessions can be used anytime.  Limit, one per person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
San Diego Chiropractor | Newsletter. Dr. Jeff Hays is a San Diego Chiropractor.