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Low Vitamin D Linked to Earlier Death in Thai Men

Previous studies on the association between blood levels of vitamin D and survival have come from high-income countries. A new Geriatrics & Gerontology International study has now found that vitamin D insufficiency is linked with earlier death in community-dwelling Thai older men.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 12:01 am EDT
"Cardiovascular disease may be the link between vitamin D insufficiency and risk of death in diabetic older male"

Previous studies on the association between blood levels of vitamin D and survival have come from high-income countries. A new Geriatrics & Gerontology International study has now found that vitamin D insufficiency is linked with earlier death in community-dwelling Thai older men.

The study included 1268 adults with a median age of 74 years from the Thai 4th National Health Examination Survey carried out in 2008. Participants were followed and linked to a vital registry in 2015.

Vitamin D insufficiency was associated with a 77% higher risk of dying during follow-up among men, but there was no increased risk in women.

Also, the risk in men was only significant in those who were diabetic. “Cardiovascular disease may be the link between vitamin D insufficiency and risk of death in diabetic older male,” said co-author Dr. Chalermsri Chalobol, of Mahidol University, in Bangkok.

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Link to Study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ggi.13529

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Geriatrics & Gerontology International is the official Journal of the Japan Geriatrics Society, reflecting the growing importance of the subject area in developed economies and their particular significance to a country like Japan with a large aging population. Geriatrics & Gerontology International is now an international publication with contributions from around the world and published monthly.

Geriatrics & Gerontology International serves as a medium for presenting original articles and review articles that offer significant contributions to knowledge in the broad field of geriatrics and gerontology. The journal also includes case reports, letters to the editors, abstracts and new items that may be of interest to geriatrics and gerontology researchers. The journal also provides information on national and international congresses held within Asian countries to promote friendship and to exchange ideas of mutual interest in the field of geriatrics and gerontology.

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