Washington: A new study has found that kidney patients who take calcium supplements to lower their phosphorous levels could be at a 22 percent higher risk of death than those who take other non-calcium based treatments.The study calls into question the long-time practice of prescribing calcium to lower phosphate levels in patients with chronic kidney disease.The researchers suggest some of the calcium is absorbed into the blood stream and may expedite hardening of the arteries, leading to a higher risk of heart disease and even death.
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