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USPSTF: Vitamin Supplements Come Up Short Once Again — Physician’s First Watch

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February 25, 2014

USPSTF: Vitamin Supplements Come Up Short Once Again

By Larry Husten

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded once again that there is no good evidence to support the routine use of multivitamins or individual or combination vitamins by healthy adults to prevent cardiovascular disease or cancer. The recommendation statement appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The USPSTF also recommends against the use of two specific vitamins — beta-carotene and vitamin E. Beta-carotene has been linked to a significant increase in risk for lung cancer among smokers, while "a large and consistent body of evidence has demonstrated that vitamin E supplementation has no effect on cardiovascular disease, cancer, or all-cause mortality."

Adapted from CardioExchange

Reader Comments (4)

Richard Silver Physician, Preventive Medicine

Once again conclusions drawn about vitamin ineffectiveness fail to factor in the quality of vitamins tested, the differences between the many forms of vitamin E, and don't look at blood or tissue levels. Quit wasting our time with this nonsense.

Janet Chene MD Physician, Family Medicine/General Practice, Solo Practice, former teaching faculty for years

The researchers knew so little about vitamins that the one they picked and called "high dose" comes up in the lowest 5% when rated by an independent study. Furthermore, how could they prevent any heart disease when the study subjects already had heart disease?. This study has obvious bias and the conclusion flies in the face of many better quality studies done over the years.

Ricardo Pontes Physician, Family Medicine/General Practice, office

I think this article is very superficial and the conclusions of it do not fulfill the whole true about the role of vitamins in human health.For instance, there is a lot of people that have deficiency of vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid, their values of these vitamins in blood are normal and apart from that they have deficiency.Take vitamins could help a lot of these people.
A lot of articles in medicine are not well made and based on wrong premises.

Don Carlson Retired

I do not agree with your article on supplements! I reversed my prostate
cancer ten years ago with supplemnets and diet.That's better than chemo and a 2% save rate! I am waiting for Stem Cell Therpy"s arrvial.

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