Johns Hopkins Medicine revealed that an analysis of 20 studies found that a combination of vitamin D and calcium in a supplement can increase the risk of a potentially fatal condition.
Of the 42,072 participants in the research, 3,690 had a stroke during the experiments. Thus, the researchers concluded that vitamin D and calcium supplementation – combined – could increase the risk of stroke by 17%.
“The risk evidence was rated as moderate. There was no evidence that taking calcium or vitamin D alone had any health risks or benefits,” the scientists wrote.
These findings were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
“The panacea or panacea that people are constantly looking for in supplements does not exist,” said lead study author Dr. Irene Michus.
Instead of supplementation, Michos recommends, “people should focus on getting nutrients from a heart-healthy diet.”
“The data increasingly shows that the majority of healthy adults do not need to take a supplement,” she added.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, “Choosing healthy meals and snack options can help you prevent stroke.”
This includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, foods low in saturated fats and trans fats, and foods high in fiber.
The health authority noted that “reducing salt (sodium) in your diet can lower your blood pressure.”
Michos and her colleagues report that a low-salt diet can reduce the risk of death by 10 percent.
What are the symptoms of a stroke?
• Weakness of the face: Can the person smile? Do the mouth or eyes droop?
• Arm weakness: Can the person raise his arms?
• Pronunciation problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what he is saying?
• Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, including the legs, hands or feet.
• Difficulty finding words or speaking in clear sentences.
• Sudden blurred vision or loss of vision in one or both eyes.
• Sudden memory loss or confusion, dizziness or sudden falls.