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Dietary supplements in a national survey: Prevalence of use and reports of adverse events.
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PMID:  17126626     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine information collected from the 2002 Health and Diet Survey regarding the use dietary supplements and self-reported health problems that the survey participants believed were related to dietary supplements. METHODS: The US Food and Drug Administration sponsors a Health and Diet Survey to track trends of consumer awareness, attitudes, and practices related to health and diet issues. By telephone, the 2002 Health and Diet Survey staff interviewed English-speaking noninstitutionalized adults aged 18 years or older in households in the 50 states and District of Columbia. Survey respondents were queried as to whether or not they had taken a dietary supplement during the past year and if they had experienced any health problem that they attributed to supplement use. RESULTS: Seventy-three percent of US noninstitutionalized adults aged 18 years or older who spoke English and resided in households with telephones used a dietary supplement in the previous 12 months and 4% of them had experienced an adverse event that they believed might be related to dietary supplement use. Eighty-five percent of supplement users reported taking multivitamins/multiminerals and 13.3% of adverse events reported were attributed to multivitamins/multiminerals. A higher proportion of supplement users with adverse events than users without adverse events were concurrently taking supplements and prescription drugs or were taking supplements instead of prescription drug to treat or prevent a health condition. CONCLUSIONS: This self-reported data describes the prevalence of supplement use and related adverse events. Multivitamins/multiminerals accounted for much of the supplements use and was attributed to a little more than 10% of the adverse events reported. Food and nutrition-professionals and other health care professionals should take special care to learn about their patients' use of these products.
Babgaleh B Timbo; Marianne P Ross; Patrick V McCarthy; Chung-Tung J Lin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  106     ISSN:  0002-8223     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-27     Completed Date:  2007-01-09     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1966-74     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Epidemiology Team, Office of Scientific Analysis and Support, College Park, MD 20740, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Dietary Supplements* / adverse effects,  statistics & numerical data,  utilization
Drug Prescriptions / statistics & numerical data
Food-Drug Interactions*
Health Behavior*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Minerals / administration & dosage*,  adverse effects
Nutrition Surveys
Socioeconomic Factors
United States
Vitamins / administration & dosage*,  adverse effects
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Minerals; 0/Vitamins

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