Always read the FINE print! Study reporting supplements may or may not be good for you.

The use of dietary supplements has exploded in the United States in recent decades.

A recent study of more than 38,000 women in Iowa raised some eyebrows by claiming some supplements may pose risks for older women.  Before you run to the medicine cabinet to toss all of your vitamins away, make sure to read the fine print in the published findings.

The study — which shows only an association, not cause and effect — has some key shortcomings. The researchers measured supplement intake using questionnaires that relied on the memory of the participants, for instance.

In addition, the researchers don’t know whether the women were taking supplements for a health problem. The increases in death risk might therefore be due to underlying health conditions rather than the supplements themselves, says Susan Fisher, Ph.D., a professor of community and preventive medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in Rochester, N.Y.

Bottom line:  check with your health provider before making any change to your routine.

You can read the complete article on CNN at:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/11/health/study-supplements-risk-older-women/index.html

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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