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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Older Women:Cut Cardiovascular Disease Death in Half

Last summer, headlines announced that a large study in the Journal of the AMA found that taking vitamin E conferred no protection from major cardiovascular events (i.e. heart attack and stroke) or cancer.

What the data actually demonstrated -- at least for older women -- was quite different.

The study followed 40,000 women of all ages over a period of ten years. 4,000 of these were women over the age of 65.

For these older women, "supplementation with 600 IU of natural source vitamin E every other day" resulted in "a 24 percent decrease in major cardiovascular events, a 34 percent reduction in heart attacks, and a 49 percent reduction in cardiovascular death."

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