Prostate Health: Don’t Be Afraid of Calcium

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Prostate Health: Don’t Be Afraid of Calcium

A small “calcium scare” was started a few years ago by a single report that “high” calcium intake might be detrimental to prostate health.20 However, in that report, a “high” calcium intake was 50% of the RDA. The good news – this false alarm has been contradicted conclusively by the findings of 2 subsequent studies published recently which showed that calcium intake is in fact not detrimental to prostate health.21,22 Eat your calcium and vitamin D, and get some sun – they’re good for you!

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20. Chan JM, Stampfer MJ, Ma J, Gann PH, Gaziano JM, Giovannucci EL. Dairy products, calcium, and prostate cancer risk in the Physicians’ Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr 2001;74:549-554.
21. Baron JA, Beach M, Wallace K, Grau MV, Sandler RS, Mandel JS, Heber D, Greenberg ER. Risk of prostate cancer in a randomized clinical trial of calcium supplementation. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2005;14:586-589.
22. Giovannucci E, Liu Y, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC. A prospective study of calcium intake and incident and fatal prostate cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2006;15:203-210.

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