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Table 2 Prevalence, frequency and duration of dietary supplements intake by users (n = 85)

From: Dietary supplementation by older adults in southern China: a hospital outpatient clinic study

Category Male users
(n = 35)
Female users
(n = 50)
Both genders
(n = 85)
    Users Prevalence of daily use Mean duration (SD) in months
Multivitamins and minerals 11
(31.4%)
16
(32%)
27
(31.8%)
70.4% 66.1
(100.2)
Vitamin C 5
(14.3%)
7
(14%)
12
(14.1%)
91.7% 89.4
(135.6)
Vitamin E 4
(11.4%)
9
(18%)
13
(15.3%)
76.9% 42.5
(52.4)
Fish oil 9
(25.7%)
16
(32%)
25
(29.4%)
66.7% 28.2
(36.1)
Calcium 14
(40.0%)
31
(62%)
45
(52.9%)
66.7% 24.3
(23.2)
Miscellaneous* 6
(17.1%)
6
(12%)
12
(14.1%)
75.0% 29.9
(50.8)
  1. * includes vitamin A, garlic, ganoderma lucidum, propolis, cordyceps, ginseng and panax notoginseng