Most doctors, nurses recommend dietary supplements to patients

More than 150 million Americans say they use dietary supplements each year, and a majority of physicians and nurses consume the products.

In fact, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) reveals that 72 percent of U.S. physicians and 89 percent of nurses use vitamins, minerals, herbs or other supplements. That compares with 68 percent of American adults who say the same thing.

Seventy-nine percent of physicians and 82 percent of nurses said they recommend dietary supplements to their patients. Of the physicians, obstetrician/gynecologists were most likely to recommend supplements, at 91 percent, while 84 percent of primary-care physicians said they made the recommendations.

Although 28 percent of doctors said they do not use supplements, the majority of those physicians, 62 percent, still recommend them. An article on nutraingredients-usa.com attributed this to health care providers making supplement recommendations for patients with condition-specific concerns. That underlines the importance of educating those in the healthcare industry on the benefits of dietary supplements, the story said.

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