Dairy, Fortified Foods and Dietary Supplements: Can Calcium Intake Increase the Risk of Myocardial Infarction?
Session Track: Healthier Living
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013; 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Results from two epidemiological studies, a meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials, and a sub-analysis from the Women’s Health Initiative, has prompted concern about a potential association between added and supplemental calcium intake and risk of myocardial infarction. Questions around the safety of added calcium versus that which is naturally occurring has surfaced among the scientific community. This session examines whether product developers should continue to create functional products with added calcium. Through this session, you will learn about dietary recommendations for calcium and specific subpopulations at risk for calcium deficiency. You will get familiar with the studies, which suggest that calcium may increase the risk of adverse cardiovascular events. Finally, you’ll understand the totality of evidence around the safety of added calcium and its benefits to maintaining bone health.
Taylor C. Wallace, Ph.D., FACN, Senior Director, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)
Connie Weaver, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Nutrition Science, Purdue University