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Tuesday, June 19, 2012. A article published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reveals the outcome of a pooled analysis of eight randomized controlled trials which suggests that the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements reduced mortality over an average three year period.
Lars Rejnmark, PhD of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and his colleagues evaluated mortality among clinical trial participants assigned to calcium with vitamin D or vitamin D alone. Each trial included over 1,000 women and men who had a median age of 70 years. Dr Rejnmark's team found a 9 percent lower risk of dying over an average of three years in subjects who consumed calcium with vitamin D in comparison with those who did not receive the combination. The reduction in risk was not solely attributable to a decrease in fractures.
"This is the largest study ever performed on effects of calcium and vitamin D on mortality," Dr Rejnmark announced. "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."
"Some studies have suggested calcium (with or without vitamin D) supplements can have adverse effects on cardiovascular health," he noted. "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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