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More Calcium May Extend Your Life!

A group of Swedish researchers recently released a study which showed that a greater intake of calcium may help men live longer. The sudy was led by Dr. Joanna Kaluza of the Karolinska Instutet of Stockholm, and followed 23,366 men aged 45 to 79 for a 10 year period from 1998 through 2007.  The men had indicated their diet at the beginning of the study.  At the end of the study, 2,358 or 10% of the men had died from all causes. The study found that the top third of men who consumed the most calcium — getting nearly 2,000 milligrams a day — were 25% less likely...

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More on Calcium and Cancer

National Cancer Institute Duke University nutrition researcher Participants were AARP members aged 50 to 71 Compared with people who got little calcium, those who consumed the most had the lowest chances of getting colon cancer. Men who got the most calcium from food were about 30% less likely to get cancer of the esophagus, about 20% less likely to get head and neck cancer and 16% less likely to get colon cancer, when compared to men who got low amounts of calcium. Among women, those who got the most food-based calcium were 28% less likely to get colon cancer than...

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Acid Reflux Pills May Lead to Bone Loss and Hip Fractures

If you have acid reflux and are taking pills for it, this would be of interest to you. According to a study published in the August 12 edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, long term exposure to proton pump inhibitors (PPI) is associated with osteoporosis-related fractures. Commonly known PPIs are Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec and Protonix. Doctors studied 60,000 people aged 50 and older who had experienced hip fractures. For people who had been taking acid reflux pills for less than five years, the study found no association with hip fractures. However, at five years of pill usage, the doctors...

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