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An international team of researchers has found a connection between vitamin D and an increased survival rate in elderly woman. The study, which will be published in the latest edition of The Cochrane Library, found that vitamin D3 seems to reduce mortality by 6 percent.
The study did not suggest that there were benefits to taking any other forms of vitamin D, but left the door open to the possibility that some may be discovered.
"We need to have more randomised trials that look specifically to see whether these forms of vitamin D do or don't have benefits," said Goran Bjelakovic, M.D., a Serbian physician and member of the research team.
Researchers came to their conclusion regarding vitamin D3 by identifying 50 randomized trials that together had 94,148 participants, 79 percent of whom were women, and had a mean age of 74. The combined findings in these trials suggested that vitamin D3 may reduce mortality in elderly women, especially those living in managed care.
Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones.