There are several reasons a person might want to to use supplements such as med costs being too high, to avoid adverse side effects, suggestion from friends, family, claims made about the supplement, etc. If you find that you’re someone who is interested in using something other than your prescribed medicine here’s some advice from the webinar presented by Lorena Drago, RD, CDE, MS, CDN, LVCYT:
Be aware that dietary supplements do not require FDA approval.
Supplements still contain chemical compound – many want to make the switch with belief its more natural.
Compare the drug to supplement – name, brand name, side effects, cost, effectiveness, precautions.
Make sure you are taking the right doses and are aware of what’s in it and how much. *Supplements are not generally needed for those who have a balanced diet, and some can have harmful side effects, so use them with caution.
2 Resources to learn more about dietary supplements:
Kathryn Gentile is a clinical exercise physiology student from Lancaster, PA who is pursuing her Master’s degree and also working towards becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. Additionally, she is an ACSM-CEP(clinical exercise physiologist), Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Sports Nutritionist.