Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
Pandemic getting worse - WHO
Fri July 10th - The COVID-19 pandemic is "getting worse," the World Health Organisation has warned, as the global curve shows little sign of flattening. More
Different treatment needed for non-smoking lung cancer patients
Fri July 10th - Lung cancer in non-smokers is a different disease from that found in smokers and is likely to require different treatment, a new study published last night has found. More
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote: on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...
On 12/03/2017 Steph wrote:
The photo you have paired with this article is its... on 'Fat shaming' limits...

Study finds no benefit from multivitamins

Wednesday February 11th, 2009

By Jane Collingwood

Multivitamins do not seem to reduce the risk of cancer for postmenopausal women, new results indicate.

They also don't affect risk of cardiovascular disease or death from any cause, say Dr Marian Neuhouser of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA, and colleagues.

Their study is based on figures from 161,808 women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative between 1993 and 1998, when they were aged 50 to 79 years. Just over four in ten of the women took multivitamins.

Analyses showed no significant difference for rates of breast, colorectal, endometrial, kidney, bladder, stomach, ovary, or lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, or death between those who took multivitamins and those who did not. Results appear in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The authors write: "The motivations for supplement use vary, but common reasons include the belief that these preparations will prevent chronic diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

"These views are often fuelled by product health claims, consumer testimonials and an industry that is largely unregulated."

The authors add that evidence supporting the benefits of supplements is still lacking. They conclude: "These results suggest that multivitamin use does not confer meaningful benefit or harm in relation to cancer or cardiovascular disease risk in postmenopausal women.

"Nutritional efforts should remain a principal focus of chronic disease prevention, but without definitive results from a randomised controlled trial, multivitamin supplements will not likely play a major role in such prevention efforts."

Co-author Dr Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller commented: "If you fall into the category of the women described here, and you have an adequate diet, there really is no reason to take a multivitamin."

Neuhouser, M. L. et al. Multivitamin Use and Risk of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease in the Women's Health Initiative Cohorts. Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 169, February 2009, pp. 294-304.

Tags: Alternative Therapy | Cancer | North America | Nutrition & Healthy Eating | Women’s Health & Gynaecology

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page