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Use of dietary supplements for weight loss & muscle gain, increases risk of disability & hospitalization

Use of dietary supplements for weight loss & muscle gain, increases risk of disability & hospitalization
Use of dietary supplements for weight loss & muscle gain, increases risk of disability & hospitalization
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Taking dietary supplements for weight loss, muscle building, and energy is associated with nearly three times increased risk for severe medical events in children and young adults, compared to vitamins, a study warns.

Use of dietary supplements for weight loss & muscle gain, increases risk of disability & hospitalization

"The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued countless warnings about supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building or sport performance, sexual function, and energy, and we know these products are widely marketed to and used by young people," said Flora Or from Harvard TH Chan School of Public health in the US.



The researchers analyzed the relative risk for severe medical events such as death, disability, and hospitalization in individuals aged 0 and 25 years that were linked with the use of dietary supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building, or energy compared to vitamins. Supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building, and energy were associated with almost three times the risk for severe medical outcomes compared to vitamins. Supplements sold for sexual function and colon cleanse were associated with about two times the risk for severe medical outcomes compared to vitamins.


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