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)

Fetal Echo: A window to the unborn heart Dec 18, 12:28 pm
Kochi, Dec. 18 (ANI): One in every 120 children in India are born with a heart defect and about a third of them have serious defects.
Full Story
Keeping fit does help avoid developing hypertension Dec 18, 12:28 pm
Washington, Dec 18 (ANI): People who keep fit face lesser chance of developing hypertension, says a new research.
Full Story
Christmas 'mistletoe' can also kiss away obesity-related liver disease Dec 18, 11:44 am
Washington, Dec 18 (ANI): Scientists have found that Mistletoe not only represents a kiss at Christmas time, but it may also help fight obesity-related liver disease.
Full Story
53 existing drugs may keep Ebola infection at bay Dec 18, 10:41 am
Washington, Dec 18 (ANI): Scientists have found 53 already approved that may block the Ebola virus from entering human cells.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY