Nutritional supplement use among 26-year-olds

Allen, Tracie, Thomson, Murray W., Emmerton, Lynne M. and Poulton, Richie (2000) Nutritional supplement use among 26-year-olds. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 113 1113: 274-277.

Author Allen, Tracie
Thomson, Murray W.
Emmerton, Lynne M.
Poulton, Richie
Title Nutritional supplement use among 26-year-olds
Journal name The New Zealand Medical Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1175-8716
Publication date 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 113
Issue 1113
Start page 274
End page 277
Total pages 4
Place of publication Christchurch, New Zealand
Publisher New Zealand Medical Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aims. To estimate the prevalence of use of nutritional
supplements among young adults, to examine the source of
those supplements and to investigate sex differences in usage.
Methods. Participants in the age-26 years assessments of
the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development
Study were asked to bring containers for any medication
(including supplements) taken in the previous two weeks.
Medication data (including prescription source) were
recorded and analysed for 978 of 980 Study members.
Results. The prevalence of supplement use was 16.6%;
20.4% among females and 13.3% for males (p<0.01).
Multivitamin preparations were the most widely consumed,
followed by water-soluble vitamin supplements (such as
folate and vitamin C). Folate use was higher among females
and was taken by 35.7% of pregnant females. Most
supplements were self-prescribed, although a doctor had
prescribed over one-third of the mineral supplements.
Most supplements had been taken for weeks or months,
rather than years.
Conclusions. Nutritional supplement usage among young
adults is reasonably common, and involves a wide range of
preparations. The extent of use among younger people
suggests a need for regulation of their manufacture, sale
and usage, and research to examine their efficacy.
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