(April 17, 2008 - Insidermedicine) From Copenhagen - Taking vitamins on a daily basis may not help you live longer, and may even raise the risk of death. In a meta-analysis of 67 randomized clinical trials and data from over 200,000 subjects, taking vitamins did not have an overall positive effect on longevity. Vitamin A was shown to raise mortality by 16%, beta-carotene by 7% and vitamin E by 4%.
From Connecticut - Those taking medications called loop diuretics for hypertension or heart disease may be at higher risk of developing weak bones. In a study of over 3,200 men over age 65, those who took loop diuretics had a 2.5 fold higher risk for loss of bone mineral density. This may be attributed to increased urinary excretion.
And finally, from Ireland - Self-monitoring for non-insulin treated type 2 diabetes is more likely to lead to depression than long-term health benefits. Researchers discovered that patients have a tendency to find the process intrusive and uncomfortable, and were unable to find any significant effect of self-monitoring on blood glucose levels. The study suggests that self-monitoring may not be a cost-effective use of resources that could be allocated to other areas of diabetes care.
For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.