Vitamins and Supplements May Lead to Earlier Death
People takingِ vitamins orِ supplements areِ more likelyِ to die overِ a givenِ period thanِ people notِ taking them, a newِ study fromِ Finland says, adding weight toِ recentِ findings fromِ the U.S.
In theِ newِ study, researchers gathered data onِ nearlyِ 1,800 people betweenِ the ages ofِ 62 andِ 74 whoِ wereِ participating inِ a prospective, population health study ofِ the residents ofِ one town inِ Finland.
Over a 10-year period, 59 ofِ the 221 people (26.6 percent) takingِ a vitamin orِ supplement died, whereasِ 281 ofِ the 1,553 people (18.1 percent) ofِ the nonusers died.
Both studies showed an association, not a cause-and-effect link.
It couldِ beِ that people whoِ takeِ supplements tend toِ haveِ more health problems thanِ nonusers toِ start with, orِ areِ more likelyِ than nonusers toِ haveِ close relatives withِ health problems (which couldِ mean theyِ areِ at greater risk forِ developing laterِ problems themselves).
But theِ newِ study suggests thatِ those hypotheses mayِ not explain theِ increased death risk, Tuomainen said.
He andِ his co-authors adjusted theirِ analysis toِ account forِ people whoِ reported pre-existing diseases andِ a family history ofِ the major killer diseases, heِ said.