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Table 2 Primary reasons for taking and recommending dietary supplements by cardiologists, dermatologists, and orthopedists in the HCP Impact Study*

From: Use of dietary supplements by cardiologists, dermatologists and orthopedists: report of a survey

SPECIALTY REASONS FOR TAKING REASONS FOR RECOMMENDING
CARDIOLOGISTS: (n = 172 who take supplements) (n = 217 who recommend supplements)
Overall health/wellness 32% 30%
Heart health 29% 55%
Lower cholesterol 20% 58%
Bone health 16% 22%
Joint health 16% 19%
Maintain healthy cholesterol 15% 36%
DERMATOLOGISTS: (n = 225 who take supplements) (n = 198 who recommend supplements)
Overall health/wellness 42% 30%
Bone health 24% 25%
Skin, hair, nails 16% 81%
Heart health 15% 12%
Anti-aging 14% 20%
Immune health 13% 12%
ORTHOPEDISTS: (n = 218 who take supplements) (n = 272 who recommend supplements)
Overall health/wellness 43% 25%
Joint health 29% 73%
Heart health 26% 10%
Bone health 25% 75%
Flu/colds 22% 7%
Musculoskeletal pain 17% 53%
Lower cholesterol 16% 13%
  1. * Figures in bold show each specialty's top 5 reasons for taking dietary supplements and top 5 reasons for recommending dietary supplements to patients.