Calcium supplements linked to dangerous kidney stones
Although calcium supplements are often recommended by doctors, a new study reveals that they carry a dangerous risk for some patients. Researchers have discovered that patients with a previous history of kidney stones are at a higher risk of developing new stones if they take calcium supplements. The new study adds to the growing amount of evidence that these types of supplements may not be helpful for everyone.
Researchers mention that they studied 2,000 patients and recorded their kidney stone risk. They found an association between higher kidney stone risk and the use of calcium supplements. Researchers are aware that the findings may create confusion. In general, it is believed that calcium from food actually reduces kidney stone risk. However, calcium supplements are in a separate category and appear to affect the body in a different way.
Researchers are concerned that the new study will encourage patients to stop taking their calcium supplements. However, they warn that if a doctor has recommended that you take these types of supplements, then you should not stop them suddenly. Instead, you may want to consult your doctor about the supplements and monitor your risk of developing kidney stones.
If you take calcium supplements, then researchers recommend that you take them with a meal instead of separately during the day. This may help reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. In addition, they suggest that you monitor your fluid intake and make sure you are getting enough water during the day. Moreover, reducing your sodium and meat intake can help lower the risk of kidney stones. Researchers believe that food is still the best source of calcium and suggest eating a variety of calcium-rich products. Calcium is not limited to dairy products and can be found in dark leafy greens, sardines, soybeans, enriched grains and fortified cereals.