In the on-going debate as to calcium’s role in weight loss, latest research findings from the University of Washington suggest calcium supplements could in fact benefit middle-aged women with weight control. The study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association used retrospective data from over 10,000 men and women during an eight to twelve year period. Researchers found that the mean dietary calcium intake for women was 811 mg per day and 1017 mg per day for men, while supplements added an average of 283 mg /day for women and 98 mg/day for men. When weight gain was calculated with respect to calcium supplement intake, researchers found that greater current daily dose of calcium supplements was associated with significantly lower 10-year weight gain (5.1 kg for females with a supplement dose of more than 500 mg compared to 6.9 kg for no supplemental calcium.
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