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Calcium and vitamin D may extend life in women

Doctors recommend calcium and vitamin D for bone health, but the effect of calcium on heart health is unclear.

In this study, researchers measured the diets of 9,033 men and women and followed up for 10 years.While there was no effect in men, women who took calcium supplements were 22 percent less likely to have died than women who did not take calcium supplements. Compared to women who didn’t take calcium, women who took calcium in doses up to 1,000 mg per day were 21 percent less likely to die prematurely. Compared to women who took neither calcium nor vitamin D, women who took both calcium with vitamin D reduced their chances of dying prematurely by 23 percent.

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