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Dietary pills won’t lower blood pressure

A study has shown a daily dietary supplement of calcium plus vitamin D taken for 7 years does not reduce blood pressure or affect the risk of developing high blood pressure, in older postmenopausal women.

Researchers commented that taking dietary supplements are not a substitute for making positive changes to diet to include foods with calcium and vitamin D.

The supplement study

Researchers studied the effects of 1000 milligrams of calcium and vitamin D3, or a placebo, in women aged 50 to 79 years. There were 18,000 women in each group.

After a follow-up of 7 years, there was no difference between groups in the change in blood pressure, or in the number of women who developed hypertension or prehypertension.

Almost half of the women already had high blood pressure before the study and a third were using blood pressure lowering medication.

The researchers conclusions

The study led by Dr Margolis, at HealthPartners Research Foundation in Minneapolis said,

“Shortcuts with dietary supplements cannot be substituted for encouraging people to adopt dietary patterns that have been shown to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of hypertension.”

The research was published in Hypertension Journal.


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