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Study suggests multivitamin could result in reduction of cancer risk

One of the most common dietary supplements taken by many American adults is a daily multivitamin.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - One of the most common dietary supplements taken by many American adults is a daily multivitamin.

Recently, a new study found that men over 50 who took a multivitamin had a modest reduction in the risk of developing cancer.

The same study also examined whether taking a daily multivitamin could help prevent cardiovascular disease events.

Doctors Howard Sesso and J. Michael Gaziano from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and co-authors conducted a randomized controlled trial.

Researchers examined whether taking a daily multivitamin had any long-term effect on preventing cardiovascular-disease events including heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death.

Psychiatrist Philip Sandler was one of more than 14,000 male physicians participating in the physicians’ health study two. One group took a daily multivitamin for up to 14 years, including follow-up. The other participants took a placebo.

The study appears in a theme issue on cardiovascular disease in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study also found a modest reduction in total cancer among men who took the multivitamin.

Researchers say a heart healthy diet remains a critical part of cardiovascular disease prevention.

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