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Select dietary supplements can be dangerous in children and young people

KEY POINT

A review of adverse event data from FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) published in the Journal of Adolescent Health showed that use of dietary supplements marketed for weight loss, muscle building, or energy for children, adolescents, and young adults was associated with an almost three times higher risk of serious adverse events compared with vitamins.

SOURCES

Or F, et al. Taking stock of dietary supplements’ harmful effects on children, adolescents, and young adults. J Adolesc Health. 2019;[Epub ahead of print].

LeBotz M, et al. Use of performance-enhancing substances. Pediatrics. 2016;138(1):e20161300.