A recent review of vitamin D studies is showing that using the vitamin in combination with calcium supplements, can help people in their 60’s and 70’s to live longer. Researchers even found with or without the calcium supplement, vitamin D had a significant effect on mortality rates only after three years of use. The study involved 35,412 people over a three-year period. The researchers found that 5.5 percent of the 35,412 people who didn’t take vitamin D or calcium died during the study period, whereas 5.3 percent of the 35,116 people who took vitamin D died. But among the 27,354 people in the vitamin D group who were also taking calcium, 4.1 percent died. Vitamin D and calcium are important throughout life, because of their role in bone health. Researchers are recommending that people start paying particular attention to their intake “around menopause for women, and around the age of 50 for men.” The study also highlighted that the benefit of vitamin intake from food is just as good as taking any supplement. One of the greatest sources for obtaining your daily source of vitamin D is when your skin is exposed to sunlight naturally. Individuals with darker skin tones are less able to produce vitamin D from sunlight, hence the added recommendation to use supplements as an option. The study applies to both men and women.
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