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Self Medication and Use of Dietary Supplements in Adult Patients with Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders.
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PMID:  22689103     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Patients often use dietary supplements in addition to the therapies prescribed by their physicians. This self medication is often not listed in the drug history. We supposed that people, who are more afraid of co-morbidities or diabetes late complications and who exhibit a higher fear of the potential side effects of prescribed drugs, are more inclined to use dietary supplements.We checked the use of dietary supplements with a standardised questionnaire in patients treated in a centre for endocrinology and metabolic diseases. Demographic and clinical data were taken from the electronic health record EMIL®.A total of 428 patients (51.4% women), mean age 58.3 years, completed the standardised questionnaire. Supplements were used by 41%: Mineral nutrients 60.2%, vitamins 56.8%, "other supplements" (e. g. omega-3-fatty acids, antidiabetic agents) 43.1% and medical herbs 35.1%. The users of supplements were predominantly women (p<0.001), non-smokers (p=0.004), persons with frequent medical appointments (p=0.014) and with a negative attitude towards the effectiveness of the physician prescribed medication (p=0.012). Patients with diabetes do not use supplements more often than patients without. The use of dietary supplements was not associated with patients' fear to develop co-morbidities of existing diseases (p=0.132) or a higher fear of side effects of prescribed drugs (p=0.099).Nearly half of the patients in a centre for endocrinology and metabolic diseases use self medications with dietary supplements. There is no association between the fear of co-morbidities or side effects of physicians prescribed drugs and a self medication with dietary supplements.
T Heller; N Müller; C Kloos; G Wolf; U A Müller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Experimental and clinical endocrinology & diabetes : official journal, German Society of Endocrinology [and] German Diabetes Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1439-3646     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-6-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9505926     Medline TA:  Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© J. A. Barth Verlag in Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.
Department of Medicine III, University Hospital, Jena, Germany.
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