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Nutritional supplements: A craze among youngsters

1 Department of Community Medicine, NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Mathematics, Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

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Resident Doctor, Department of Community Medicine, NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Nagpur, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_199_21

Background: The haphazard use of supplements without proper consultation from a health expert can lead to side effects, especially in youngsters. These supplements have very few regulations nationwide, and practically, no effort has been taken to make the public aware of its ill effects, besides warnings issued by the manufacturing companies on the products. Methodology: A cross-sectional study among 2nd -3rd MBBS students studying in a medical college was carried out to study the prevalence of use of supplementary nutrition, its type, source of information, and preferred type of supplements. Results: The overall proportion of dietary supplement use among medical college students participated in this study was 29.4%. Multivitamins, protein powders, and energy drinks were the most preferred type and the reasons mentioned for intake were for general well-being to avoid future illness and muscle-building purpose. Conclusion: More awareness among frequent and haphazard users who are on supplementary nutrition without any medical opinion should be incorporated to avoid side effects created by unregulated nutritional supplements available in market.

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