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Table 2 Use of health supplements among participants in Dubai, 2015 (n = 1203)

From: Prevalence of, and factors associated with health supplement use in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: a population-based cross-sectional study

Variables N n (%)
HS use 1203  
 Ever used (Including current and past users)   455 (37.8)
 Current   317 (26.4)
 Past   138 (11.5)
 Never   748 (62.2)
Reasons for using HSa 455  
 To improve health   301 (66.1)
 Body building (Male only)   45 (9.9)
 Disease prevention   31 (6.8)
 Diet supplementation   27 (5.9)
 Weight management   24 (5.3)
 Energy   18 (4.0)
 Pregnancy (Female only)   11 (2.4)
 Immunity booster   8 (1.8)
 Cold Prevention   8 (1.8)
 Digestive   6 (1.3)
 Aging   5 (1.1)
 High cholesterol   5 (1.1)
 Anaemia   4 (0.9)
 High blood pressure   3 (0.7)
 Other   8 (1.7)
Duration of HS use, ever users 455  
 Less than a month   52 (11.4)
 Month   189 (41.5)
 1–5 years   165 (36.3)
 More than 5 years   45 (9.9)
 Do not know   4 (0.9)
Frequency of HS use 455  
 Seasonally   17 (3.7)
  < 1 a month   9 (2.0)
 1–3 times a month   22 (4.8)
 1–4 times a week   116 (25.5)
 Daily   288 (63.3)
 Do not know   3 (0.7)
Number of HS 455  
 1–2 supplements   388 (85.3)
 3–5 supplements   59 (13.0)
 6–10 supplements   6 (1.3)
  > 10 supplements   2 (0.4)
Purchasing of HSa 455  
 Pharmacy   402 (88.3)
 Clinic   45 (9.9)
 Nutrition shop   29 (6.7)
 Gym   12 (2.6)
 Super market   5 (1.1)
 Other   9 (2.0)
  1. Note. aRespondents could choose more than one answer