Taking Vitamin D plus Calcium together might make you Live Longer

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that vitamin D when taken along with calcium reduced the death rate for the elderly. The study was published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).

Researchers assigned elderly participants either to take just a vitamin D supplement or to take a vitamin D along with a calcium supplement. The data came from 1,000 participants over eight randomized controlled trials. The majority of participants, 90 percent, were women with a median age of 70. Over a three-year time, those taking vitamin D along with calcium had a reduced death rate by 9 percent.

The researchers point out that it was not just from having strong bones. They say the supplements taken together offered other health benefits.

"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."

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

ref: "Vitamin D with calcium reduces mortality: patient level pooled analysis of 70,528 patients from eight major vitamin D trials", will be published in the August 2012 issue of JCEM.

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