The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has released a statement indicating that citizens should talk to their healthcare providers about any dietary supplements they may be taking.
This advice comes on the heels of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration report, which shows an increase of injuries and emergency room visits associated with dietary supplements.
“We strongly encourage people who believe they need energy, weight loss or any other such products to talk with their doctor before using them,” TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH said in a statement. “There may be safer, more effective options. It’s also important to let your healthcare provider know about any dietary supplements you are using because some may have adverse interactions with other medications or cause your provider to misinterpret information or test results during examinations.”
According to WGNS Radio, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reviewing emergency room statistics found that many people treated who were taking dietary supplements complained of issues like heart palpitations and chest pain. Additional symptoms included kidney failure and liver complications.
Many dietary supplements are sold as over-the-counter products in grocery stores and retail outlets, without undergoing federal trials or testing.
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