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Asian Journal of Epidemiology
  Year: 2017 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 10-18
DOI: 10.3923/aje.2017.10.18
Consumption of Vitamins and Associated Factors by Age Group
Hyo Young Lee , Hyunmi Son and Stephanie D. Short

Background: The intake of vitamins is generalized, however, studies of their consumption have focused on limited associated factors and has not identified the influencing factors by age. This study was designed to contribute to an understandings of factors related to the use of vitamins by age group. Methodology: This study is a nationally representative cross-sectional, population-based and the sample consisted of 5,915 Korean adults aged 20 years older. Analyses were based on a multiple linear regression model including socioeconomic factors, health status and health behaviours. Results: Many factors are linked to the increased likelihood of using vitamins, including female, high income, living with a spouse, perception of health as bad, smoking, sufficient dietary intake, exercises and attempts to control one’s weight. However, the presence of chronic diseases was not related to the use of vitamins in any age group. The associated factors differed according to age and the number of relevant factors decreased with age. Conclusion: Adults 20-44 years of age, especially who ate enough, require educations related to nutrient intake. Besides the nutrient education could be effective in adults 65 years who have regular exercises. But, people in this age group may need more vitamins than young and middle-aged adults do, they should receive relevant guidelines or information. Regarding the public health education of vitamins intake, among those aged 45-64 years, socioeconomic factors must be considered.
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Hyo Young Lee, Hyunmi Son and Stephanie D. Short, 2017. Consumption of Vitamins and Associated Factors by Age Group. Asian Journal of Epidemiology, 10: 10-18.

DOI: 10.3923/aje.2017.10.18






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