Vitamin D with calcium helps reduce mortality in elderly

   Jun 15, 1:52 pm

Washington, June 15 (ANI): A new study has shown 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, potential health effects of vitamin D have increasingly been recognised.

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 revealed 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," Lars Rejnmark, PhD, of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and lead author of the study, said.

"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," he said.

In this study, researchers used pooled data from eight randomized controlled trials with more than 1,000 participants each.

The patient data set was comprised of nearly 90 percent women, with a median age of 70 years.

During the three-year study, death was reduced by 9 percent in those treated with vitamin D with calcium.

"Some studies have suggested calcium (with or without vitamin D) supplements can have adverse effects on cardiovascular health," Rejnmark said.

"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," Rejnmark added.

The study was recently published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM). (ANI)

High-intensity workouts work better against diabetes than lower counterparts Mar 3, 2:57 pm
Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): As per a new study, both low intensity and high intensity workouts are effective for weight loss, but higher intensity workouts may do a better job of decreasing blood sugar levels.
Full Story
Easy-to-obtain 'oral swab' samples can be game changer for TB control Mar 3, 2:16 pm
Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): A team of researchers has developed new approach to diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) with easy-to-obtain oral swab samples.
Full Story
Many 60-65-yr-old women may still have 'troublesome' hot flashes Mar 3, 1:40 pm
Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): As per a new study, some 40 percent of women 60 to 65 years old still have hot flashes, out of which many have occasional and mild ones, but for some, they remain really troublesome.
Full Story
India's first Centre for Excellence in Robotics opened in Kochi Mar 3, 12:52 pm
Kochi (Kerala), Mar.3 (ANI): Asia-Pacific's first Centre for Excellence in Robotics in medical sector was formally opened by Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy on Monday.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY