Multivitamins Linked to Higher Health Risks in Older Women

by jcl

Thousands of Americans take dietary supplements every day for numerous reasons. Some take them to build more muscle, while others take them for overall health. New research shows, though, that taking these supplements could put users at risk for cardiovascular disease or cancer.

KOCO News reports that a new study published in the Archive of Internal Medicine found that women taking supplements over a long period of time were more at risk for the diseases than those that did not. The women examined in the study were all over the age of fifty, and the strongest links to higher mortality rates were in those taking Iron supplements. Contrary to many other studies in the field, researchers found a decreased risk in mortality for those taking calcium supplements.

Dr. Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic remarked, “Up until now there has been much benefit or risk seen with multivitamins…this [study] raises the question that it might hurt.”

Upon release of the findings, the makers of several multivitamins and dietary supplements fired back saying that the research was biased and it did not prove their products raise a person’s chances of becoming ill.

The Oklahoma Defective Product Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers would like your opinion. Could vitamin supplements actually do more harm than good, or do you think the numbers were manipulated? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page.