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Vitamin D plus calcium: Fountain of youth in a bottle

Vitamin_D_6-19-12_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Recent research has found that older adults who take vitamin D with calcium supplements have a chance to live longer than those who do not.

The study was based on eight clinical trials where people received vitamin D with or without calcium, while others were given placebos. The study used more than 70,000 adults who were in their 60s and 70s.

Reuters reported that study results showed that older adults given vitamin D and calcium had 9 percent less of a likelihood of dying over three years than those using placebos.

Lead researcher Dr. Lars Rejnmark, an associate professor from Denmark, said study results support getting the recommended amounts of vitamin D and calcium, but he noted that supplements may carry risks.

He said some calcium supplements have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack in older adults, but it is not clear if the supplement is the cause.

Dr. Philippe Autier of the International Prevention Research Institute said the findings confirmed researchers’ beliefs that vitamin D can help someone live longer, according to msnbc.com. But since the study consisted of older people, Autier said it was “not guaranteed that anyone in good health who takes these vitamins would increase life expectancy.”

Vitamin D had no effect on death rates by itself, according to the study.

Meanwhile, according to CBS News, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is saying that daily low doses of calcium and vitamin D supplements by postmenopausal women will not prevent bone fractures. Results from 17 studies found that taking 400 International Units of vitamin D along with 1,000 milligrams of calcium had no effect on occurrence of osteoporotic fractures.

 

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