Wednesday, July 25, 2007

An Unexpected Benefit from Calcium

Women who don’t get enough calcium may get an unexpected benefit from calcium supplements: their weight loss efforts might be improved. A new study found that postmenopausal women between ages 50 and 79 were slightly, but consistently, better able to prevent weight gain than women who did not take the supplements.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the proportion of obese women between ages 50 and 79 increased by nearly 50% during the 1990s; more recent reports show those rates beginning to stabilize. Being overweight in this age group raises the risk of coronary artery disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, gallstones, and other conditions.

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