This new study reviewed 8 clinical trials and found that vitamin D, when taken with calcium, can reduce the rate of death in seniors. The data was comprised of nearly 90% women, who had an average age of 70 years.
Interestingly, even though many other studies on vitamin D showed it's ability to reduce the rate of premature death, this study found that vitamin D reduces mortality only when in the presence of calcium.
The analysis also found that the reduced mortality was due to beneficial effects beyond the reduction of fracture risk (i.e. results were not due to a lower number of fractures).
Source: Vitamin D with Calcium Reduces Mortality: Patient Level Pooled Analysis of 70,528 Patients from Eight Major Vitamin D Trials
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