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More Americans Using Dietary Supplements, CDC Study Finds

04/14/11

  11:15:42 am, by MedBen5   , 193 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

More Americans Using Dietary Supplements, CDC Study Finds

As eating habits nationwide continue to gravitate toward less healthy options, more Americans are looking to dietary supplements as a means of getting necessary nutrients, WebMD reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tracked dietary supplement usage off and on during the past two-plus decades, and found that from 2003 to 2006, 53% of U.S. adults took one or more supplements. That represents about a 10% increase from 1988-94, the last period studied. More women than men take supplements, with women over 60 reporting the highest usage.

One-A-Day, Centrum and other daily multivitamins are the most commonly taken supplements, used by 40% of men and women from 2003 to 2006. Calcium supplements are especially popular with women over 60 – usage leaped from 28% in 1988-94 to 61% in 2003-06, a growth that coinsides with a higher awareness of calcium’s ability to reduce osteoporosis risk.

Tod Cooperman, MD, the president of ConsumerLab.com, notes that increased supplement usage are also a reflection of recent economic conditions. “More people are self-treating with vitamins and other supplements, so the numbers are higher,” he says.

You can read a National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief on the study at the CDC website.

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