That finding comes from a new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. It comes just days after an expert government panel reported that there is insufficient evidence to recommend calcium and vitamin D supplementation for older women.
The researchers analyzed findings from eight large vitamin D trials involving more than 70,000 older people.
People were followed for three years, on average. During that time, those who took vitamin D and calcium were less likely to die than people who did not.
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.
Vitamin D has been linked to a lower risk for colorectal cancers and several other cancers in some studies, but the research is far from conclusive.
“It seems that calcium with vitamin D has benefits for general health, but we need more studies to understand this association,” researcher Lars Rejnmark, PhD, of Denmark’s Aarhus University Hospital tells WebMD.
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