The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 October 2007

Death in these United States

Reader's Digest comes up with an odd statistic:

Antioxidants such as vitamins A, beta carotene (another form of vitamin A), E and C have long enjoyed a reputation as disease fighters because they're thought to protect against free radicals that can damage cells and speed up aging. But in 47 randomized trials involving almost 181,000 adults, researchers found that taking vitamins A, beta carotene and E, alone or in combination, actually increased a personís risk of dying by up to 16 percent.

Emphasis added. First thought: "As though it weren't high enough already." Brian J. Noggle notes:

Personally, I find my odds daunting, but at least they're not 116% chance of dying.

Oh, that coward who dies a thousand deaths? Awash in supplements, I bet.

Posted at 6:56 AM to Say What?

Man, just imagine what your chances would be if you got born again.

Posted by: Nate at 9:02 AM on 16 October 2007

Perspective. It's what's for dinner.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:31 AM on 16 October 2007

Hm. I haven't read that study, but maybe people who decide to take vitamins already have other risk factors or do other risky behaviors that increase mortality rate. After all, people can't be controlled like lab rats...

Posted by: sya at 4:39 PM on 16 October 2007