Vitamin supplements: Why bother telling your doctor?

These supplements can interact with medications

(KETTERING HEALTH NETWORK, DAYTON DAILY NEWS)

To take better care of yourself, you eat healthy foods, exercise, and see your doctor regularly. You also may take vitamins or supplements to boost your immune system or get essential nutrients.

But how can you know what kinds of vitamins or supplements to avoid and what is actually good for you?

Not all doctors agree about the benefits of vitamins and supplements, but there’s one thing they can all agree on: If you are taking any kind of vitamin or supplement, you need to tell your primary care doctor as well as any other doctors involved in your care.

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More than half of all American adults take some kind of vitamin, but most don’t think they need to tell their doctor. All vitamins, minerals, supplements, and detox regimens are medically important.

“Unfortunately, just like with prescription medications, the wrong combinations of vitamins can mean more harm than help: Some pre-existing health conditions don’t mix well with certain supplements, and some vitamins can counteract or react with prescription medications such as birth control, blood thinners, heart medication and even antibiotics,” says Kali Hollingsworth, DO, a family and sports medicine physician with Kettering Physician Network’s Primary Care.

“Taking the wrong doses of vitamins, combining vitamins, or mixing supplements and alcohol could have negative effects on your health.”

Originally published by Kettering Health Network, a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system. SEE THE FULL ARTICLE AT DAYTON DAILY NEWS

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