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Low Calcium Linked to Hormone Condition in Women

Posted 19 Oct 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 19 – Women who do not get enough calcium in their diet are at greater risk for developing a hormone condition caused by overactive parathyroid glands that leads to weak bones and fractures, a new study found. Increasing calcium intake could reduce women's risk for the condition, known as primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), Dr. Julie Paik and colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston reported in the Oct. 18 online edition of the BMJ. For the study, the researchers followed more than 58,000 U.S. women aged 39 to 66 with no history of PHPT, who were involved in the large, long-running Nurses' Health Study. The participants were divided into five equal groups based on their dietary calcium intake. Information on the women's calcium intake was also collected every four years over the course of 22 years. During this time, the investigators identified 277 cases of ... Read more

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