Heart Beat: 04/09
Long-term use of multivitamins does not lessen the risk of developing common cancers, cardiovascular disease, or premature death, says a study in the Feb. 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine. The 1,806 participants, age 60 to 79, were followed for eight years, and 9,619 cases of breast, colorectal, endometrial, renal, bladder, stomach, lung or ovarian cancer were reported, as well as 8,751 cardiovascular events and 9,865 deaths. The study, one of the largest ever carried out on diet and health, found no significant differences in risk between the multivitamin users and non-users. Dietary supplements are used by more than half of all Americans, who spend more than $20 billion on these products each year.