Doctor creates resource to help consumers learn about vitamins, supplements

Doctor creates resource to help consumers learn about vitamins, supplements

Reuters (1/10, Crist) reports “a new patient resource published in JAMA Internal Medicine” suggests that most people do not need vitamins or nutritional supplements because they can obtain all the necessary nutrients through a healthy diet. Reuters says the “new patient page…offers practical advice and answers to questions about vitamins and nutritional supplements that patients often bring up with their doctors.” The article mentions, “Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversees the vitamin and dietary supplement industry, the products are assumed to be safe without testing, unlike prescription drugs, which undergo an approval process.” Additionally, Reuters states that “there are more than 90,000 supplements on the U.S. market that include a wide range of vitamins, minerals and chemicals” and approximately “23,000 emergency department visits each year are related to nutritional supplements.”

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