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Multi-vitamins improve health during and after hospital stays
Older adults are often malnourished and nutritional supplements can help preserve health in and out of the hospital. In this review of 14 studies of older people admitted to hospitals, those taking standard oral nutritional supplements during their hospital stay had better health outcomes. In five of the studies, those who took multivitamins/ minerals were 35 percent less likely to die in the hospital compared to those who did not take supplements.

Seven of the studies found that those who had taken supplements while in the hospital were 35 percent less likely to have complications after coming home. And in another group of five studies, hospital stays were about two days shorter for those who took standard oral nutritional supplements compared to those who did not take supplements.


Reference: Journal of Clinical Nutrition; May, 2015, Published Online.
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