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Intake of Nutritional Supplements among People Exercising in Gyms in Beirut City.

El Khoury D, Antoine-Jonville S - J Nutr Metab (2012)

Bottom Line: In this cross-sectional study, 512 exercisers, aged between 20 and 50 years, were randomly selected from gyms.Patterns of supplement use differed by gender and age.Men and younger exercisers were found to focus on supplements associated with performance enhancement and muscle building, while women and older exercisers were more concerned with health-promoting products such as vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements.

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Affiliation: Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 3E2.

ABSTRACT
The use of nutritional supplements among exercisers in gyms has been never investigated in the Middle East. The aim of the current study was to assess the prevalence intake of nutritional supplements and the potential influencing factors among people exercising in gyms in Beirut city. In this cross-sectional study, 512 exercisers, aged between 20 and 50 years, were randomly selected from gyms. The intake of nutritional supplements was reported among 36.3% (95% confidence interval 32.2-40.5) of participants, with a weak presence of medical supervision. Patterns of supplement use differed by gender and age. Men and younger exercisers were found to focus on supplements associated with performance enhancement and muscle building, while women and older exercisers were more concerned with health-promoting products such as vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements. An appropriate dissemination of accurate and scientifically sound information regarding the benefits and side effects of nutritional supplements is highly recommended in the sports environment in Beirut city.

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Reasons for supplement use among supplement users (n = 186). There are no missing data.
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fig2: Reasons for supplement use among supplement users (n = 186). There are no missing data.

Mentions: The major reported reasons for supplement use were to promote muscle gain (47.3%) and to enhance strength (34.4%, Figure 2). Other reasons included to replace meal (33.9%), increase muscle repair or recovery (25.3%), and enhance performance (22.0%).


Intake of Nutritional Supplements among People Exercising in Gyms in Beirut City.

El Khoury D, Antoine-Jonville S - J Nutr Metab (2012)

Reasons for supplement use among supplement users (n = 186). There are no missing data.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig2: Reasons for supplement use among supplement users (n = 186). There are no missing data.
Mentions: The major reported reasons for supplement use were to promote muscle gain (47.3%) and to enhance strength (34.4%, Figure 2). Other reasons included to replace meal (33.9%), increase muscle repair or recovery (25.3%), and enhance performance (22.0%).

Bottom Line: In this cross-sectional study, 512 exercisers, aged between 20 and 50 years, were randomly selected from gyms.Patterns of supplement use differed by gender and age.Men and younger exercisers were found to focus on supplements associated with performance enhancement and muscle building, while women and older exercisers were more concerned with health-promoting products such as vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 3E2.

ABSTRACT
The use of nutritional supplements among exercisers in gyms has been never investigated in the Middle East. The aim of the current study was to assess the prevalence intake of nutritional supplements and the potential influencing factors among people exercising in gyms in Beirut city. In this cross-sectional study, 512 exercisers, aged between 20 and 50 years, were randomly selected from gyms. The intake of nutritional supplements was reported among 36.3% (95% confidence interval 32.2-40.5) of participants, with a weak presence of medical supervision. Patterns of supplement use differed by gender and age. Men and younger exercisers were found to focus on supplements associated with performance enhancement and muscle building, while women and older exercisers were more concerned with health-promoting products such as vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements. An appropriate dissemination of accurate and scientifically sound information regarding the benefits and side effects of nutritional supplements is highly recommended in the sports environment in Beirut city.

No MeSH data available.