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Use of supplements in Puerto Rican older adults residing in an elderly project

TitleUse of supplements in Puerto Rican older adults residing in an elderly project
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsOlivera, EJ, Palacios, C
JournalP R Health Sci JP R Health Sci J
Date PublishedDec
ISBN Number0738-0658 (Print)<br/>0738-0658 (Linking)
Accession Number23844469
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and Over, Cross-Sectional Studies, Dietary Supplements/ utilization, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Puerto Rico
AbstractOBJECTIVE: There has been a notable increase in the use of nutritional supplements in elders. Studies indicate that there may be a health risk in this population associated with the possible interactions of supplements with medications. Objective: Explore the profile of use of nutritional supplements in the elderly and the possible health risks from the concurrent use of certain supplements and medications. METHODS: This was an exploratory cross-sectional study in a convenient sample of 130 subjects aged 60 years and older. The data was collected using a previously validated questionnaire. Chi2 was used to associate the use of supplements by demographics and health information and Spearman correlation to establish the relationship between the number of nutritional supplements, medications used and health conditions reported. RESULTS: About 63% of the subjects were women. Women used more supplements compared to men (p