Table 2

Primary reasons for taking and recommending dietary supplements by cardiologists, dermatologists, and orthopedists in the HCP Impact Study*

SPECIALTY

REASONS FOR TAKING

REASONS FOR RECOMMENDING


CARDIOLOGISTS:

(n = 172 who take supplements)

(n = 217 who recommend supplements)

Overall health/wellness

32%

30%

Heart health

29%

55%

Lower cholesterol

20%

58%

Bone health

16%

22%

Joint health

16%

19%

Maintain healthy cholesterol

15%

36%


DERMATOLOGISTS:

(n = 225 who take supplements)

(n = 198 who recommend supplements)

Overall health/wellness

42%

30%

Bone health

24%

25%

Skin, hair, nails

16%

81%

Heart health

15%

12%

Anti-aging

14%

20%

Immune health

13%

12%


ORTHOPEDISTS:

(n = 218 who take supplements)

(n = 272 who recommend supplements)

Overall health/wellness

43%

25%

Joint health

29%

73%

Heart health

26%

10%

Bone health

25%

75%

Flu/colds

22%

7%

Musculoskeletal pain

17%

53%

Lower cholesterol

16%

13%


* Figures in bold show each specialty's top 5 reasons for taking dietary supplements and top 5 reasons for recommending dietary supplements to patients.

Dickinson et al. Nutrition Journal 2011 10:20   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-10-20

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