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Dr. Mike: Calcium Supplements

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A lot of women take calcium supplements to help strengthen their bones. But a new study has found those supplements may increase the risk of heart attack.

Dr. Mike told Mike and Sheinelle the study "rocked my world." The study included 12,000 women taking calcium supplements. Researchers found a 30% increased risk of heart attack. Dr. Mike explained that increasing calcium levels quickly may trigger a biological reaction. If you are taking a calcium supplement, Dr. Mike recommends getting your calcium levels tested and talking with your doctor.

Many people take supplements to increase their bone density and to prevent osteoporosis.

Dr. Mike says an alternative is to get your extra calcium naturally. Foods that contain calcium include: yogurt, low-fat milk, cheese, almonds, walnuts, broccoli, and chick peas.

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