ISLAMABAD: Seniors who take calcium supplements along with vitamin D may lengthen their lives, a new analysis suggests.
However, only the combination of the two appears to be effective, whence mortality was reduced 9 percent, and combination reducing bone fractures, osteoporotic in older people; while vitamin D by itself had no benefit.
Dr. Lars Rejnmark, an assistant professor at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. Says that “Calcium with vitamin D has now been proven to reduce risk of fractures and death in the elderly.”
Recently there has been data tying calcium supplements to an increased risk of heart attack, as a study in the May edition of Heart found that calcium supplementation increased the risk of heart attack by 86 percent; but not by calcium from foods.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force have proposed that postmenopausal women not take low-dose calcium and vitamin D supplements daily to ward off bone fractures, because the effect is negligible.
Although the exact mechanism of why these supplements prolong life isn’t known, Holick believes that both improve cell function and cardiovascular health.
Holick recommends adults take 1,500 to 2,000 international units of vitamin D daily with 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams of calcium from both diet and supplements in combination to preserve your bone health, you will improve muscle strength and health benefits including [lowering the] risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and infectious diseases,” Holick said, adding that there was no downside to increasing vitamin D intake.