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"Vitamin D can lower risk of death by 7 per cent"

Globe and Mail

Source: Globe and Mail

Published: 11 Sep 2022

Category: Other

Rating: (3½ stars)

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Taking vitamin D has been found to have a new benefit: It appears to be a life extender, according to a new study.
Researchers who pooled the results of 18 separate experiments conducted in several industrialized countries reported that people who were given a vitamin D supplement had a 7-per-cent lower risk of premature death than those who were not.
The pooled results were from experiments conducted in the United States, Germany and Britain, among other countries, and included more than 57,000 participants.,,,

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Total Score 7 of 10
Availability of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
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Treatment Options Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
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Quantification of harms of treatment Not Satisfactory (?)

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This is a well-balanced article about a meta-analysis of studies related to the benefits of Vitamin D. The story mentions the strength of the evidence as well as the potential sources. It would have been useful if the reader was given some sense of what a daily supplement of Vitamin D might cost in Canada. If one is able to receive daily requirements of vitamin D from the sun, how long does one have to be exposed? We also could have learned if there were any dangers related to taking too much vitamin D.

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