What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About Supplements

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Doctors often fail to give patients important advice or warnings about vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other dietary supplements, according to a new UCLA-led study.

That’s dangerous, since nearly half of all Americans take dietary supplements which can have significant risks—including potentially dangerous interactions with prescription drugs—the researchers reported. The study was published in Patient Education and Counseling.

The researchers analyzed transcripts of audio recordings from 1,477 office visits to 102 primary care providers. During those visits, providers discussed 738 dietary supplements with 357 patients.