Doctors recommend alternatives to calcium supplements

By WEEK Producer

February 11, 2014 Updated Feb 11, 2014 at 12:22 AM CDT

Many women take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis. Recently those pills have come under fire for potentially increasing the risk for heart problems.

Doctors are being asked by their patients, how can they protect their bones without hurting their heart?

"There is absolutely no evidence that calcium from dietary sources, like milk, like green leafy vegetables, those have never been associated with harm. It's only the calcium supplements that have been associated with harm,” said Dr. Karol Watson of UCLA Medical Center.

However, not all women or young girls get enough calcium through their diet.

If they don't, they should talk to their doctor about if they should take supplements and what to take.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.