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Calcium dementia link is reminder of the dangers of supplements

Posted 18 November 2016

Published in New Scientist INSIGHT 24 August 2016

TAKING a daily vitamin or mineral supplement is widely seen as a common-sense way of looking after yourself – a kind of insurance, like wearing a seat belt.

But evidence is growing that it might not be such a healthy habit after all. The latest finding is that calcium supplements, taken by many women after the menopause to strengthen bones, are linked to dementia. Among women who have had a stroke, taking calcium was associated with a seven-fold rise in the number who went on to have dementia (Neurology, doi.org/bpk3).

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