Contact Us

Taking Supplements May Result in Feeling Invincible — Health Check

risky behavior, supplements
colindunn, Flickr / Bruno Vincent, Getty Images

People who take vitamins may be perceived as healthier, but new research finds those people often engage in decidedly unhealthy habits — possibly thinking the vitamins will make up for it.

A study in Taiwan discovered smokers who take vitamins smoked twice as much on average, and supplement-takers also made poorer food choices. Worse yet, the vitamin group was more likely to engage in risky behavior such as casual sex and binge drinking.

While research has shown some vitamins to be beneficial — women of childbearing age might benefit from iron supplements, for example — other studies show taking a multivitamin to have no health benefit whatsoever. For smokers, vitamin E and beta-carotene supplements could even increase the risk of getting cancer.

Studies on these types of supplements are often contradictory depending on who’s studied and where, but one thing researchers can say for sure is that the rise in supplement use in the US has not resulted in lowered rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis or other chronic diseases.


It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for TSM Interactive quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!