Are Vitamins Safe?

By: Holly L. Thacker, MD • Posted on October 12, 2011

Are Vitamins Safe?

An associative study looking at mortality rates in women who take vitamins and those that did not take vitamins showed that women who took calcium supplements had better outcomes than women who did not take calcium supplements. The only concerns were in those women who ingested copper and heavy metals like iron.

Bottom line: Most women need calcium and vitamin D (which isn't really a vitamin girlfriends - more on that later!), however you can NOT just pop gobs of vitamins and supplements and think it's going to stave off the problems from not eating right, getting exercise and getting enough beauty sleep.

Mother is right:

  • Eat your fruits
  • Eat your veggies
  • Talk to your women's health doctor

If you're concerned that your calcium and vitamin D levels are low, ask your physician to check your 25 OH vitamin D level, your iron/ferritin level and other nutritional assessments.

Be Strong, Be Healthy, and Be in Charge!

- Dr. Holly L. Thacker

Holly L. Thacker, MD, FACP is nationally known for her leadership in women’s health. She is the founder of the Cleveland Clinic Women’s Health Fellowship and is currently the Professor and Director of the Center for Specialized Women’s Health at Cleveland Clinic and Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Her special interests are menopause and related medical problems including osteoporosis, hormone therapy, breast cancer risk assessment, menstrual disorders, female sexual dysfunction and interdisciplinary women’s health. Dr. Thacker is the Executive Director of Speaking of Women’s Health and the author of The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause.