Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Study Promises a Longer Lifexpectancy With Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements

Recent research has found that older adults who take vitamin D with calcium supplements may have a longer life expectancy.

 This new study was published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).  It used pooled data from eight randomized controlled trials that included a total of 70,528 participants.  86.8% of these participants were female, with a median age of 70.  The studies each had a follow-up period of at least three years, allowing researchers to analyze the effect of vitamin D supplementation on mortality during this three year period. 

The data revealed that vitamin D alone did not have an effect on mortality.  It was observed that in order to decrease mortality, calcium had to be supplemented with vitamin D.  The results then showed a total decrease in mortality of 9%. 

Rejnmark L, et al. Vitamin D with Calcium Reduces Mortality: Patient Level Pooled Analysis of 70,528 Patients from Eight Major Vitamin D Trials.  J Clin Edocrinol Metab. 2012 May 17 
[Epub ahead of print]

Deanna and Dave Waters
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