By Patricia J. Sulak, MDDudley P. Baker Endowed Professor, Research and Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medical Director, Division of Research Department, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Texas A&M College of Medicine, Scott & White Clinic/Memorial Hospital, Temple, TX
Are any readers of this blog NOT on a vitamin, mineral, or other type of supplement such as glucosamine/chondroitin or omega fatty acids? Among the elderly, use of supplements has increased dramatically over the past two decades. An estimated $20 billion is spent annually on these products. While originally thought to be helpful and not harmful, high doses of certain dietary supplements have been shown to have no benefit and sometimes increase health risks.