In today's Data Snapshot, we're highlighting a CDC report out this week finding that 52 percent of Americans used at least one dietary supplement on a regular basis between 2003 and 2006, up from 42 percent between 1988 and 1994. The report tracked U.S. use of dietary supplements by gender as well as ethnic and age groups. Among the other key findings:
- Roughly 39 percent of Americans reported taking either multivitamins and multiminerals, up from 30 percent in the previous study and the most common dietary supplement reported taken.
- The number of Americans taking supplements with vitamin D increased for men and woman in nearly all age groups.
- Overall 60 percent of women over 60 report taking a dietary supplement containing calcium.
- Non-Hispanic white women were approximately twice as likely to take one or more dietary supplements containing folic acid than non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American women.