May have beneficial effects on general health
A study recently published in the Endocrine Society‘s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM) suggests that vitamin D — when taken with calcium — can reduce the rate of mortality in seniors, therefore providing a possible means of increasing life expectancy.
During the last decade, there has been increasing recognition of the potential health effects of vitamin D. It is well known that calcium with vitamin D supplements reduces the risk of fractures. The present study assessed mortality among patients randomized to either vitamin D alone or vitamin D with calcium. The findings from the study found that the reduced mortality was not due to a lower number of fractures, but represents a beneficial effect beyond the reduced fracture risk.
“This is the largest study ever performed on effects of calcium and vitamin D on mortality,” said Lars Rejnmark, PhD, of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and lead author of the study. “Our results showed reduced mortality in elderly patients using vitamin D supplements in combination with calcium, but these results were not found in patients on vitamin D alone.”
via Science Daily
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