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Personal trainer responds to study on weight loss supplements

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Roughly half of all adults in the U.S. say they've used at least one supplement in the last month.

That's why new information about the dangers of those pills and powders out this month may have you concerned.

Supplements are a $35 billion a year industry, so it's no wonder so many people reach for them.

When it comes to taking supplements, personal trainer Sara Wagganer knows the image can be just as important as the message.

"I think maybe they see what someone looks like when they're using these supplements and they want to look like them," Wagganer said.

According to the study, 28 percent of people who end up in the hospital after taking supplements are just 20-34 years old. It's an age Wagganer says you shouldn't need a pill to add to your daily routine.

"If you're a normal healthy person, I think you can get everything you need eating wholesome foods," she said.

The study points to weight loss and energy supplements as the real problem, leading to 25 percent of those hospital visits.

Wagganer recommends trying to stay away from a quick fix. 

"Our trainers give advice about eating properly and getting a proper diet of real whole food, instead of always going to supplements," Wagganer said.

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