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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2018 | Volume: 17 | Issue: 12 | Page No.: 654-660
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2018.654.660
 
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Nutritional Epidemiology Study: Prevalence of Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Use and Correlated Factors among University Students in Jordan

Mohammed O. Ibrahim

Abstract:
Objective: This study was carried out to determine the prevalence and associated factors of vitamin-mineral supplements use among University students. Methods: A cross-sectional study applied a quantitative research approach using a self- administrated questionnaire given to University students in Jordan. Results: The prevalence of vitamin-mineral supplement use was 23%. The main reasons for using vitamin mineral supplements were ‘to maintain good health’ (73%), followed by ‘to lose weight’ (11%). Vitamin-mineral supplement use among participants was significantly (p<0.05) associated with gender, age, BMI, family monthly income, physical activity, smoking status and vegetarian status. The main source of information of supplement use was doctors (60.5%). "Maintaining good health" was the most frequently given reason for using supplements (73%). The major frequently used supplements were vitamin only supplements (51.5%), followed by vitamin-mineral combinations supplements (44%). Conclusion: This study highlighted that although the prevalence of vitamin-mineral supplement use among university students is relatively high, many of them do not have accurate information about supplements. Therefore, there is a need to provide them with education and access to scientific and unbiased information.
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Mohammed O. Ibrahim , 2018. Nutritional Epidemiology Study: Prevalence of Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Use and Correlated Factors among University Students in Jordan. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 17: 654-660.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2018.654.660

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjn.2018.654.660

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