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Vitamin D and Calcium Supplementation May Help You Live Longer

A recent analysis suggests that taking vitamin D and calcium together could extend the length of your life.

Twenty-four randomized controlled trials with a total of 70,528 participants with a median age of 70 were included in the analysis. The researchers noted that vitamin D in combination with calcium supplementation over the course of three years resulted in a 9% lower mortality rate compared to those who only received calcium.

The study was published online ahead of print on May 17, 2012, in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. It was conducted by researchers at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark.

Consumption of vitamin D has been linked to improving kidney health, reducing the risk of skin cancer, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, improving cardiovascular health, combating diabetes, and improving age related eye degeneration.

Calcium is a mineral that is essential for bone strength. A lack of calcium can lead to osteoporosis, a serious health issue characterized by low bone mass which leads to an increased risk of fractures. Vitamin D aids in calcium break down and absorption. Several studies have also suggested that calcium and vitamin D may play a role in the regulation of abdominal fat mass.

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