Study finds physicians, nurses use dietary supplements, recommend them to patients
WASHINGTON Physicians and nurses are as likely as members of the general public to use dietary supplements and most physicians and nurses recommend supplements to their patients, according to a new study published in Nutrition Journal.
The study, which utilized data from the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s “Life…supplemented” Healthcare Professionals Impact Study, found that 72% of physicians and 89 of nurses used dietary supplements and that 79% of physicians and 82% of nurses said that they recommend dietary supplements to their patients.
“Health professionals including physicians and nurses are just as interested in healthy lifestyles as members of the general public and are just as likely to benefit from rational supplementation,” said lead author Annette Dickinson, consultant and past president of CRN.
The study found that the dietary supplement product most commonly used was the multivitamin, with or without minerals. Vitamins and other minerals most commonly used by both physicians and nurses after multivitamins included vitamin C, a B vitamin complex, vitamin D, vitamin E and calcium. However, physicians and nurses seemed to differ slightly on the non-vitamin and mineral products they used most often — physicians reported higher usages of green tea, fish oil, glucosamine, soy, flax seed and chondroitin (in that order) while nurses tended to use green tea, fish oil, echinacea, glucosamine and flax seed, respectively.
Overall health and wellness is the biggest motivator for taking dietary supplements, according to 40% of physicians and 48% of nurses who take supplements. However, more than two-thirds cited multiple motivations, including bone health, flu or colds, heart health, immune health, joint health, energy and musculoskeletal pain. Most physicians and nurses cite similar reasons for recommending dietary supplements to their patients, with the most common reason being for overall health and wellness (41% of physicians who recommend supplements and 62% of nurses who do). Over three-quarters (75% of physicians and 79% of nurses) also indicated that they would be interested in Continuing Medical Education regarding dietary supplements.
“It may appear surprising that physicians and nurses are as likely as the general population to be using dietary supplements, given the negative views sometimes expressed editorially in medical journals,” Dickinson said. “Physicians and nurses, as well as lay consumers, are exposed to these divergent views and must make their own decisions regarding their personal approach to wellness. The majority opt to use dietary supplements.”
Wyeth Consumer Healthcare launches new gender-, age-specific multivitamin line
MADISON, N.J. Wyeth Consumer Healthcare on Tuesday announced the availability of a new gender- and age-specific adult multivitamin line. Centrum Ultra Women’s and Men’s and Centrum Silver Ultra Women’s and Men’s are specially formulated, taking into account recommendations established by the Institute of Medicine along with the latest nutritional science, the company stated.
“Millions of Americans have relied on Centrum, the world’s leading adult multivitamin brand, for more than 30 years,” stated Paul Sturman, president Wyeth Consumer Healthcare. “We listen closely to the needs of our consumers and combine these insights with the latest nutritional advances. Centrum Ultra provides a new, scientifically advanced option to meet consumers’ growing demand for gender-and age-based multivitamins.”
Many Americans still find it difficult to get the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals they need from food alone despite the wide variety of nutritional choices available. The 2005 U.S. Department of Agriculture Healthy Eating Index found that the U.S. population did not take in enough fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and suggests that Americans can improve their diet by choosing more nutrient rich foods.
Centrum Ultra Women’s is specially formulated with key nutrients to help meet a woman’s nutritional needs. It includes vitamin D, which emerging science suggests supports breast health, and calcium for bone health; 500 mg of calcium, more than any leading women’s multivitamin brand; biotin, beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and E to help maintain healthy skin, hair and nails; B vitamins to help unlock energy; and antioxidants including selenium and zinc to help support immune function.
In addition to many of the vitamins and minerals listed above, Centrum Ultra Men’s contains vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid to help support heart health.
Centrum Silver Ultra Women’s, formulated for women ages 50 and older, contains lutein and vitamins A, C and E to help support healthy eyesight.
Alli spokeswoman Judd share her progress with private concert
PARSIPPANY, N.J. Alli spokeswoman Wynonna Judd held a private performance July 11 at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville to celebrate her progress since starting the Alli method, which has included dropping two dress sizes. The concert was held exclusively for 50 sweepstakes winners.
“In the past few months, I’ve learned to look at weight loss with a fresh approach that includes better nutrition, exercise and emotional support,” Judd said. “I am so encouraged by my progress and am loving the way I feel. I was thrilled to perform for and fellowship with an audience that is also working toward a healthier way of living.”
Wynonna announced her partnership with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare on its weight-loss Alli brand in January. Judd appears in the brand’s national advertising campaign and is participating in a series of promotions throughout the year.
“The Alli Method is about succeeding through healthy, gradual weight loss,” stated Rachel Ferdinando, VP weight control for GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. “We’re proud of [Judd’s] progress and to be her partner in her journey to develop a healthy relationship with food. She is an amazing woman and her accomplishments both on and off the stage make her an inspiration to people everywhere.”