Actually, if they have not already, yes, they probably should, but here is some new information, WHY!
Chances are you have patients who are sufferieng from PCOS- although as there are not many pharmaceutical treatment options, you might not know it. It's often symptomatic treatments, along with treating the ancillary side-effects which as pharmacists we might not know they are related to PCOS, such as metformin for insulin resistance.
PCOS can lead to irregular menses, negatively influence a womens ability to have children, and typically represents with high levels of androgens (male hormones) such as DHEA and testosterone, as well as small cysts in the ovaries. PCOS has also been associated insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
Researchers out of San Diego University are finding that gut bacteria are strongly associated with obesity and signs of diabetes in a mouse model that mimics PCOS that modifying the gut bacteria could be a treatment option for some of the symptoms...
It's different now isn't it? It's different from when Dr. Oz would say, "take this supplement and get skinny"
It seems the message is bigger- people are looking for more.
I have been writing about transparency in our profession a lot lately, because this is a core desire of the consumer in all industries- and healthcare is a big one.
Where we have known the difference in quality of vitamins and supplements for years- there are still many practitioners and patients alike who practice and buy on price.
I don’t suggest you try to convince the inconvincible, as I like to say “know your audience”, but as a pharmacist looking to practice quality medicine, I recommend only to practice with quality supplements.
The motto of “you get what you pay for” is as pertinent to the supplement industry as any other.
It seems that popular health care gurus ebb and flow like the tide- although when they are hot, their messages become viral through the masses, and they...