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VIT2TREAT
Took 2nd vitamin supplement to treat specific health problem

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Description

For sample adults and sample children in 2007 who had taken two or more vitamin supplements during the past 30 days (VITMO), VIT2TREAT indicates whether the second vitamin was taken to treat or cure a specific disease or health problem.

VIT2TREAT is part of a series of variables dealing with vitamin and herbal supplements, based on questions fielded in 1992, 2000, 2002, 2005, or 2007. For more information on the purpose of these variables, along with a list of all vitamin supplements that respondents could report using and a discussion of related vitamin supplement variables, see VITYR, VITANY, and VITMO.

Follow-Up Questions 

Persons who reported using a second vitamin supplement to treat a specific disease or health problem were asked follow-up questions about combining the vitamin supplement with conventional medical treatment:

  • Got no conventional treatment for 2nd vitamin supplement condition treated (VIT2TNOCONV)
  • Got counseling for 2nd vitamin supplement condition treated (VIT2TCOUN)
  • Got nonprescription meds for 2nd vitamin supplement condition treated (VIT2TNPMED)
  • Got prescription meds for 2nd vitamin supplement condition treated (VIT2TPMED)
  • Got physical therapy for 2nd vitamin supplement condition treated (VIT2TPT)
  • Got surgery for 2nd vitamin supplement condition treated (VIT2TSURG)

Persons who had used their second vitamin supplement to treat a specific disease or problem were also asked what the condition was. There are 116 variables for specific conditions that respondents could indicate were treated with a vitamin supplement: 57 for adults only, 29 for children only, and 30 for both children and adults.

Sample adults only could indicate that they used a second vitamin supplement to treat:

  • other nerve damage, including carpal tunnel syndrome (VIT2TCTS)
  • dementia, including Alzheimer's disease (VIT2TDEMENT)
  • joint pain or stiffness/other joint condition (VIT2TJNTPAIN)
  • memory loss or loss of other cognitive function (VIT2TMEMLOS)
  • missing limbs (fingers, toes or digits), amputee (VIT2TMLIMB)
  • circulation problems (other than in the legs) (VIT2TNLCIRC)
  • knee problems (not arthritis, not joint injury) (VIT2TOKNEE)
  • polio (myelitis), paralysis, para/quadriplegia (VIT2TPOLIO)
  • substance abuse, other than alcohol or tobacco (VIT2TSUBST)

Persons responding for sample children could indicate that the child had used a second vitamin supplement to treat:

For both sample adults and sample children, respondents could indicate use of a second vitamin supplement to treat:

  • migraine or severe headache (VIT2TMIG)
  • other developmental problem (VIT2TODD)

The aforementioned variables indicating which conditions respondents treated via a second vitamin supplement provide a "yes" or "no" response for each condition. Analysts interested in the conditions that a second vitamin supplement was used to treat may wish to consult the following summary variables, as well:

  • Condition for which 2nd vitamin supplement was taken to treat most (VIT2TCONMOST)
  • Condition count for 2nd vitamin supplement used to treat a condition (VIT2TCONNO)

Researchers may also be interested in the following related variables:

  • Took 1st vitamin supplement to treat specific health problem (VIT1TREAT)
  • Took 1st herbal supplement to treat specific health problem (HER1TREAT)
  • Took 2nd herbal supplement to treat specific health problem (HER2TREAT)
  • Took 1st vitamin supplement to prevent specific health problem (VIT1PREV)
  • Took 2nd vitamin supplement to prevent specific health problem (VIT2PREV
  • Took 1st herbal supplement to prevent specific health problem (HER1PREV)
  • Took 2nd herbal supplement to prevent specific health problem (HER2PREV)
  • Took herbal supplements to treat specific health problem, past 12 months (HERYTREAT)
  • Took vitamins or minerals to treat specific health problem, past 12 months (VITYTREAT)

Comparability

VIT2TREAT is only available for 2007. The question wording differed slightly for sample adults and sample children.

For sample adults, interviewers asked, "Did you use [fill: 2nd vitamin] for any of these reasons? ... To treat or cure a specific disease or health problem?"

For sample children, interviewers asked, "Did [fill: sample child's name] take [fill2: 2nd vitamin/mineral of two] to treat a specific health problem or condition?"

Universe

  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children under 18 who have taken two or more vitamin supplements during the past 30 days.

Availability

  • 2007

Weights

  • No weights are available for this variable. Please refer to VIT2TREAT for more information.