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Researchers tie vitamin D and calcium combination to longer lifespan

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jun 15, 2012 6:02:00 AM

Many people entering elderly care try to live as long as possible, and research has been coming out to show that it could be possible to extend one's life expectancy.

New research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology suggests that combining vitamin D and calcium could reduce the mortality rate in the elderly. The study's authors noted that vitamin D alone is unable to have the same effect.

The researchers used data from eight randomized controlled trials that featured more than 1,000 participants in each body of research. The data set was comprised of 90 percent women with an average age of 70. The study's authors noted that death was reduced by 9 percent in people who were treated with both vitamin D and calcium.

"Some studies have suggested calcium (with or without vitamin D) supplements can have adverse effects on cardiovascular health," said study lead author Dr. Lars Rejnmark. "Although our study does not rule out such effects, we found that calcium with vitamin D supplementation to elderly participants is overall not harmful to survival, and may have beneficial effects on general health."

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