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Vitamins and supplements may shorten lifespan


Washington People taking vitamins or supplements have greater chances of dying over a given period than those not taking them, a new study has revealed.

In the new study, researchers gathered data on nearly 1,800 people between the ages of

62 and 74 who were participating in a prospective, population health study of the residents of one town in Finland.

Over a 10- year period, 59 of the 221 people ( 26.6 percent) taking a vitamin or supplement died, whereas 281 of the 1,553 people ( 18.1 percent) of the nonusers died.

After the researchers took into account other factors that can affect a persons risk of dying – such as age, gender and smoking – they found that people taking vitamins or supplements were 50 to 70 percent more likely to die over the course of the study than those not taking them, said study researcher Dr. Tomi- Pekka Tuomainen, of the University of Eastern Finland.

The findings are in line with a recent study from University of Minnesota researchers, who looked at 38,000 women who were around age 62, and found a slight increase in mortality among those taking vitamins or supplements. The findings are published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

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