Caution: Low Levels of Calcium Could Shrink Your Lifespan
April 01, 2010
Getting a bit more calcium in your diet could help you live longer, new research suggests.
Researchers found that men who consumed the most calcium in food were 25 percent less likely to die over the next decade. None of the men took calcium supplements.
The findings are in line with previous research linking higher calcium intake with lower mortality in both men and women.
Men in the top third based on their calcium intake were getting nearly 2,000 milligrams a day, on average. The U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for calcium intake is 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams.
Calcium could influence mortality risk in many ways, for example by reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, or blood sugar levels.