Editorial: Differences influence considerations

Dec. 17, 2013 @ 06:50 PM

Exercise remains among the best choices to a healthy and long life. Eating fruits and vegetables are just a couple of others on the list, too.

Taking a multivitamin? The Annals of Internal Medicine emphatically said “no” with its editorial this week, “Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements.”

The journal reasons two major studies show pills don’t protect aging men’s brains or help heart attack survivors avoid a second one. The study concludes multivitamins can’t be confirmed to help cognitive health.

Research involving postmenopausal women has already been done, with a conclusion multivitamins didn’t prevent cancer or heart disease. That study wasn’t as in-depth as the latest for men, and the vitamin and supplement industry is still a $12 billion behemoth.

It won’t be going broke now either.

When considering the study, we should take into account some subjects were healthier than others, pretty much like everyone who might buy multivitamins.

Our best advice is simple. Talk to a doctor when it comes to well being. Let the doctor know what is happening day to day, if anything is being taken and together determine what may and may not work.

Multivitamins do help many people.

It really is as simple as we are all different. Many of us have good points and bad points when it comes to diet, exercise and how our bodies got into the shape they are in, be it good or bad.

And we each have variables that influence what we can and can’t do in maintaining our health. The good news is there are many different ways with or without supplemental assistance.

Considering an estimated two-thirds of Americans are overweight and 25 percent over age 50 have two or more chronic conditions, we’re downright challenged when it comes to being healthy. What we can do is well beyond what the multivitamins can provide.

After all, if they fixed everything, those numbers would be different and the industry would be worth more than $12 billion.

Exercise, healthy eating and a regular checkup will go a long way to helping each of us decide what assistance, if any, we may need.