Vitamin D with calcium linked to reduced mortality in older people

Reuters  reports that, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, vitamin D and calcium supplements may help older individuals live longer lives than those who do not use the supplements.

MSNBC reports that investigators “looked at data regarding the vitamin D intake of more than 70,000 adults in their 60s and 70s.”

HealthDay reported that “the investigators found that, over three years, vitamin D alone did not reduce the risk of death (mortality), but when taken with calcium mortality was reduced 9 percent.”

WebMD reported, “The reason for the lower death rate isn’t clear. But it didn’t appear to be about a reduction in fractures, which is one main indication for taking calcium and vitamin D.”

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