Vitamin Supplements May Slow Middle-Age Weight Gain

Four common ones tied to healthier weights over 10-year period

FRIDAY, Sept. 10, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Four common supplements -- chromium, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and multivitamins -- may help slow weight gain in middle-age adults, claims a study by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Researchers reviewed questionnaire responses from about 15,000 people, average age 55, in Washington state. They provided information about their vitamin, mineral and herbal supplement use over the previous 10 years, along with details about diet, physical activity and medical history.

The researchers focused on 14 supplements.

The study concluded that the people who had taken multivitamins, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and chromium had less weight gain over the previous 10 years than other respondents. That slowed weight gain was most evident among people who'd been categorized as overweight or obese at the start of the 10-year period.

The findings were to be presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians in Seattle.

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The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about weight control.

SOURCE: American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, news release, Sept. 8, 2004
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